By Lincoln G. Peters
The Liberian National Police (LNP) confirmed the death of three persons and injury of twenty-five other citizens, who were celebrating at the Unity Party headquarters in Monrovia on Monday, November 20, when an unidentified jeep reportedly ran into the crowd.
Hundreds of citizens, including UP partisans had converged at the winning party headquarters to celebrate after the National Elections Commission announced UP Standard Bearer Joseph Nyumah Boakai winner of the 14 November Presidential Runoff Election when they met their tragic fate.
The LNP says it has launched an immediate investigation into the tragic incident, assuring Liberians that justice will be served.
Making the disclosure Tuesday, November 21, 2023, Police spokesman Moses Carter, says the police are currently investigating the horrific incident to ensure justice is done.
Mr. Carter quotes health authority at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital as confirming death of three persons, including two males and a female.
He reveals that operator of the vehicle, who is now an alleged suspect, Lawrence K. Williams has been arrested and is undergoing investigation at the Police headquarters in Monrovia.
Suspect Williams is a resident of Duport Road Flower-Pot Community in Paynesville, the Police disclose.
“Out of the total of injuries of 25 persons, three are confirmed dead, while 22 persons – six females and nineteen males are undergoing treatment at both the JFK and the Mawah Clinic”, Mr. Carter adds.
“The leadership of the Joint Security extends its deepest sympathy to the bereaved families of those that unfortunately lost their lives and keeps in prayer those of our citizens that are undergoing treatment.”
Speaking in an interview briefly, the alleged suspect Lawrence K. William narrates that he came to town with his spiritual father along with other members to transact business after which he dropped his spiritual father (name not disclosed) and members and later decided to go upper Broad Street to get something for his family, adding that while driving up town, he received a text from his wife, reminding him to purchase food for the children, something, he went to implement.
The crime scene
“So, after I dropped the people, I received text from my wife to purchase food for our child and so, I decided to go buy it. When I finished buying the food, I came back and started the car, immediately the car started moving and it’s an automatic car; I couldn’t stop it”, Williams explains.
However, Police disrupted the interview and took the suspect into custody, pending thorough investigation. Editing by Jonathan Browne