The Liberia National Police says it has arrested seven additional suspected armed robbers across Monrovia, merely days after Police Chief Chris Massaquoi, warned that his men will respond “fire for fire” to attackers. Among the arrested suspects announced on Wednesday, September 10 are three women, Police Spokesman Sam Collins, told reporters at the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill.
But Collins continues to emphasize the need for a more budgetary allotment to equip the LNP to be on par with others around the West African region, while narrating challenges under which the police are operating.
He said during an early morning police operation in the Old Road, Chugbor Community of Congo Town, armed riot police arrested the suspected armed robbers with four pieces of single barrel guns.
On Tuesday, Collins said another three suspects were arrested in Grand Bassa County. Among them, he said, was one Nicole, a notorious criminal that allegedly partook in the 2012 robbery of Ecobank at Cuttington University and took away a half million USD and two million Liberian Dollars. But on the issue of uniform armed robbery, Mr. Collins said the police have no control over uniforms being sold by private clothing companies.
However, he said the police are working along with companies and private security firms against the use of uniforms that are similar to that of the LNP. Besides private securities, he said there are even securities at autonomous institutions like custom officers, University of Liberia Police, among others that are only distinguished by badges.
As such, Mr. Collins said the Police authorities are working to ensure that measures are in place to avoid the police uniforms and badges falling in the hands of the wrong persons, as uniform armed robbery now rise daily.
Items seized from suspected criminals were put on display at the news conference yesterday, and among them were computer laptops and accessories, cell phones, single barrel pistols and single barrel rounds, among others.