A joint team of Liberia National Police (LNP) and Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) officers over the weekend stormed the Red-Light Market “Zogos Turtle Base” and destroyed several makeshift zinc shacks.
The team was led by LNP Commander Elijah Baysah of Depot 9 in Paynesville Red-Light.
The raid comes against the backdrop of the numerous complaints from the public that Turtle Base is noted for harboring hundreds of suspected criminals that continue to rain havoc on business people and residents in the Red-Light community.
According to Baysah, most of the suspected criminals that resided at the Base are in the constant habits of snatching mobile phones and valuable items from businesspeople, mainly women.
When a reporter from this newspaper toured the destroyed Base, several suspected criminals were seen standing in corners with their facial expressions portraying anger and frustration at the police.
Meanwhile, Commander Baysah has vowed to pursue the suspected criminals wherever they regroup.
To ensure that the criminals don’t return to the area, Baysah has also directed all the mini buses to now use the area as a parking station.
Residents and business entities situated in the perimeters of the former Turtle Base have also expressed delight over the actions coordinated by the team.
Baysah then called on the team to institute similar actions that would destroy other ghettos around the Paynesville belt.
One of the residents, who sells used clothes, told the Daily Observer that the burning down of makeshift shelters was a welcomed development to the residents.
“If such decision and action have been instituted few months ago, the issue of the crime related incidences at the Red-Light Market would have been minimized,” a female resident said.
Ben K. Freeman, a bus driver, said the action by LNP and PCC team was one that is better late than never.