The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information has disclosed that a committee has been set up to investigate last Thursday’s incident at the Red Light and GSA Road junction.
Speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia, Minister Lewis Brown said the Ministry of Justice has constituted an independent investigative committee to comprehensively probe these unfortunate events with an urgent view to bring all violators to justice.
The committee includes the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHRC), Inter-Religious Council, Paynesville City Cooperation and the Ministry of Justice and is expected to provide the outcome of the investigation within the shortest possible time.
Minister Brown said Liberians were alarmed by the death in Zubah Town, Paynesville of Mr. Alfred Tarnue, Jr., a motorcycle rider which led to a rampage in the Paynesville area and its environs, culminating into the burning down of a police depot.
He said five other depots were vandalized, records and equipment destroyed, law enforcement officers injured and subjected to various forms of indignities, and detainees forcibly released.
He assured citizens and foreign residents that all such breakers of the law will answer to the law, adding that for the Liberian government and people, that remains the surest path to consolidating our democratic achievements and peace.
He noted that, “Because we have continued along this path of deepening adherence to the rule of law, the United Nations Mission in Liberia is growing in confidence to draw down its military forces in the country.”
Minister Brown said responsible drawdown of the UNMIL is not because the Liberian government has imported more tanks and armaments, but it is positioned to stop the commission of all crimes in the country.
According to him, “The continuing drawdown is necessitated by overwhelming evidence of Liberia’s growing commitment to governing under the rule of law by which we remain resolute to punish all crimes justly and fairly, and by so doing, continue to strengthen the firmer foundations of our enduring peace.”
He mentioned that the government has heard the concerns expressed that this incident suggests that Liberia is still not safe and that UNMIL should discontinue its drawdown. “To borrow a cliché, a safe country is never the absence of the will of a few to abuse the law,” he noted.
“A safe country, which Liberia is and continues to be, is the omnipresent will to bring all abusers of the law to answer to the law. This is the enduring measure, and by this and other measures, including the measure of crime, Liberia boasts a stronger and safer society,” Minister Brown said.
He further emphasized that, “We want to assure all of our citizens and foreign residents that the rule of law will be scrupulously observed and followed, and that all violators will answer to their transgressions.”