The County Attorney of Bong, Cornelius Wennah, has disclosed that criminal activities are on the rise in the county and that the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is working to strengthen community policing to help local security combat the menace.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ mass awareness meeting on US sponsored Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL), held in Gbarnga on May 12, he said the rise in crime is the result of unemployment, and it has furthermore developed into increasing drug abuse in the county.
The program was implemented by Kaizen, a United States based NGO.
Two districts that will benefit from the first phase of the program commencing in June this year are Suakoko and Panta Kpai.
Attorney Wennah on behalf of the Ministry of Justice welcomed the MLDL program in the county, but warned stakeholders not to venture around any felony case.
“The coming of this MLDL program,” he said, “will stop the over crowdedness of the court and our police will not be overwhelmed with petty cases. I think, with the coming of this program, most of the cases will be taken care of by the chiefs.”
He however, appealed to the Liberian government to support the county with logistics including vehicles to effectively combat the growing crime rate.
Earlier the chairman of the Commissioners Council of Bong County, Mr. Claude Suah, complained about the inadequate number of police officers in the county which he says has affected every district.
“Suakoko with a population of about 30, 000 has only five police officers and some of the districts do not even have any, so we hope that this MLDL program will impact Suakolo and the county at large,” he added.
Bong County hosts the headquarters of the regional security hub where all logistical support is supposed to be available, but which is not, a member attending the meeting said.