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Following a series of attacks waged by a criminal gang named KUBAH against peaceful citizens as well as disarming a police officer, the Liberia National police (LNP) early Thursday morning, 7 January arrested gang leader Varney Kiazolu, Alias Azonto around the 12 House community in Paynesville.

His arrest came barley 24 hours after he and his gang being declared wanted for prosecution on Wednesday, 6 January. He is undergoing preliminary investigation at the LNP headquarters in Monrovia.

Ahead of their arrest, the LNP has charged Azonto and his gangs in absentia with multiple crimes ranging from arson, criminal attempt to commit murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearm in line with the Penal Code of the Republic of Liberia in view of these circumstances and attacks on peaceful citizens.

Police Spokesman Moses Carter told a press conference Wednesday, 6 January at the LNP Headquarters that on 16 December 2020, a police officer identified as Albert Logan was severely attacked with his firearm taken away by Azonto and his gang operatives.

However Carter says the firearm was later retrieved by the Anti-robbery unit of the LNP from an isolated site.

Also he says on 19 December, Liberian comedian John Flomo was attacked and wounded by Azonto and his gang operatives.

“Sadly, on December 14, 2020, Azonto and his gang again were involved with arson attack thereby looting and burning the home of a family, Gloria Barloun and Emmanuel D. C. Freeman in the Marshall Boys Town road community,” Carter explains.

He details that on 6 January 2021, a Liberian identified as Daniel Davis, alias, DMX, a resident of 3rd Street, Sinkor was gruesomely attacked by Azonto and his gangs thereby slashing the victim’s neck with a sharp instrument believed to be a knife.

Carter indicates that victim Daniel Davis was taken to ELWA Hospital where he was treated and discharged. “It’s important to note that Azonto and his gangs are on the run and are being pursued by the Anti-robbery of the LNP,” the Police Spokesman continues, as he calls on the public to contact the police on the whereabouts of Azonto and any of his gangs on contact numbers: 0770800111; 0770800109; 0770800420; 0770800428; 0770800412 and 0780800412.

The Police assure members of the public that everything will be done to ensure that Azonto and his KUBAH gang will face the full weight of the law.

By Winston W. Parley

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