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Lawlessness, insecurity abound

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Situations are not proceeding normally across Liberia with news of mob violence here and there, resulting to arson attacks and death, criminal gangs drawing swords at one another in communities, widespread rape and murder, and armed robbery resulting to death.
In less than a month, the wave of lawlessness across the country is scaring, leaving citizens and residents vulnerable.

In March, Mob went amok in Nimba, beating two persons to death on suspected witchcraft activities, while commercial motorcyclists in Margibi torched and razed several public facilities to the ground, including a police station and a magisterial court in protest of the suspected murder of a colleague.

Just as early as last week, a man in Bong County shot his fiancée to death and butchered her corpse to pieces before packaging the body parts into an empty rice bag and dumping it in a bush, after he suspected her of being involved in extra relationship.

In the R2 Community along the Robertsfield highway outside Monrovia, armed men robbed and killed Madam Weeks, identified as mother of Theo Weeks, a player of the national football team, the Lone Star, making away with valuables.

Liberians are increasingly creating an atmosphere of insecurity that poses threatening consequences against peace and stability here. What is even more troubling is that the national security forces, particularly the police seem to be overwhelmed by the degree of violence.

The police appear unable to adapt proactive or pre-emptive measures in violent-prone communities, leaving citizens to, in most instances, take law into their hands.
For example, the instances in Nimba, Margibi and Fiamah Sinkor in Monrovia, transpired right before the police, but they failed to respond immediately and adequately.

In fact, the police are becoming noted for conducting inconclusive investigations, nothing else. Perhaps this could be one key reason why citizens resort to mob violence because of delayed justice.

If Liberia should be considered a country of law, rather than men, it is about time government utilize full weight of the law by preparing our security forces to be proactive. Violence breeds insecurity, which is a threat to peace and stability.
How can we guarantee safety of ordinary citizens, foreign residents and business partners when communities are no longer safe?

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