Authorities of the Liberian National Police (LNP) have vowed to seize motorbikes if the operators violate recent restrictions that banned them from ridding in certain areas described as “No Go Zones.”
According to an LNP release issued yesterday, police will be left with no alternative, but to take stern actions against motor cycle operators who violate the “No Go Zones” restriction that was imposed by the government on November 6, 2012.
The release quoted the Director of Police, Colonel Chris Massaquoi, warning that repeated violation of the restriction by motorcyclists will no longer be tolerated.
Col. Massaquoi has called on owners of motorcycles to advise their riders to desist as drastic measures, including the confiscation of their bikes and subsequent prosecution await anyone caught disregarding the regulation.
The “No Go Zones” restriction prohibits motorcycle operators from plying the Tubman Boulevard to Central Monrovia, Somalia Drive, and from Bong Mines Bridge to Central Monrovia.”
The restriction was imposed as the result of an increase in the wave of motorcycle-related accidents and injuries as well as the facilitation of criminal activities around Monrovia and its environs perceived to be masterminded by some motorcyclists.
At the same time, the LNP said the City of Paynesville still remains closed to motorcyclists until the ongoing investigation into the recent incident that resulted in the death of a cyclist and the burning of police detachments in Paynesville is completed.
The April 16 incident saw the vandalizing of police zones and depots. Director Massaquoi has instructed the LNP to arrest any violators who challenge the officers while they are enforcing the restriction and send those violators to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.
Col. Massaquoi called on the general public to remain law abiding and continue to report suspected crimes to the police to ensure the safety of community dwellers.
He admonished those politicizing the operations of the LNP to desist as they remain focus on their law enforcement responsibility.