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INCHR debunks police action during Kebbah riot

The Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) says it is shocked by the statements from the Liberia National Police (LNP) concerning the violence that took place Wednesday morning, 27 June in Kebbah Community, Barnersville.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday 4 July at the INCHR office in Sinkor, Acting Chairperson Rev. Bartholomew B. Colley said the commission’s investigation showed that a motor accident left two occupants of a motorcycle severely injured.

He says it resulted to mob violence which police allegedly responded to by firing live bullets that led to the injury of Helena Nimely. Rev. Colley adds that during the mob violence, protesters set up roadblocks and were determined to burn the truck involved in the accident.

According to him, the LNP apparently in exercising its constitutional role and duty to protect lives and properties, did not deter the protesters from their actions as they allegedly threw petrol bombs, stones and other objects.

“The INCHR sees this action by the police as shameful, abdication of her statutory responsibilities, and an attempt to cover up shady deeds of unscrupulous elements within the Police that threaten the enjoyment of the rights of all within the borders of Liberia,” Rev. Colley notes.

He also says the INCHR is aware of the progress with the help of international partners which the LNP has made in recent times.“The recent action and denial of the Police is making us to reflect. Back, the LNP over the years has been the spot light for some unethical behaviors while carrying out their duties.” he says.

He says notable among these unethical incidents are the handling of the strike situation involving workers and residents of the Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) in Sinoe in 2015 where a number of citizens were flogged and imprisoned.

He also cites the Victoria Zayzay incident where the Police claimed she committed suicide.Meanwhile, the INCHR is calling on all judicial actors concern to ensure the speedy trial of the alleged murderer of Krubo Kukolo who was beheaded after her husband Mulbah Flomo was shot in Zorzor District, Lofa County on 14 June 2018.

The Commission says it is time that the government faces up to its constitutional responsibilities of ensuring the provision of basic economic and social amenities to enable the livelihood of its citizens as provided for under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and social contract arrangement.

By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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