November 24, 2021
CPP PRESS STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On November 23, 2021 the Liberia National Police (LNP) informed the nation of a
joint security operation that was intended to raid ghettos and criminal hideouts in the
Duala area of Monrovia. Multiple reports have suggested a shootout between the
police and some criminals which resulted in the death of three persons. Regardless,
the CPP is very concerned with the increased loss of lives through any violent action.
While the CPP takes note of the police and other security agencies for undertaking
their responsibility of beginning to fight crimes and raid criminal hideouts and
ghettos, this venture is coming at a time when the government has completely failed
to provide security for the country and its citizens. The increased in criminal
activities across the country, particularly in Monrovia, Paynesville, and their
environs, and other major urban centers, including the murder of high profile and
ordinary citizens with no persecutory actions taken against the perpetrators proves
the government is incapable of providing security for the country and the people.
People race home daily beginning the early afternoon hours in order to get off the
streets before dark to avoid attacks from criminals.
The CPP believes that the increase in criminal activities is as a result of the
unprecedented economic hardship and the ever-increasing illegal drug trafficking
and selling, which has now become one of the main sources of income for drug
kingpins and disadvantaged youths. Drug abuse by those disadvantaged youths has
also turned them to hardened marauding criminals with no apparent actions taken by
the government to rehabilitate and have them reintegrated into society as good
It is in the national best interest for government to prioritize providing proper
security for its citizens by revamping the security sector with special emphasis on
improved training for personnel of the Liberia National Police, Drug Enforcement
Agency (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies. Further, the government should
appropriate funding allocation for the security sector and increased logistical support
for the police and the DEA.
The government should also divert its attention to funding elaborate rehabilitation
programs for disadvantaged youths (or Zogos), with rehabilitation programs
initiated across the country.
Creating the improved environment for increased economic activities that would
create job opportunities for trained disadvantaged young people will contribute
toward reducing crimes rate across the country. The CPP believes that a responsible
government with the financial discipline, political will and proper governance can
achieve a much improved and secured society for Liberia and its people.
Head of Secretariat
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