At least 86 suspected hardcore criminals and drug users were arrested over the weekend by squad of the Liberia National Police (LNP) in a pre-dawn raid in several parts of Monrovia.
During the exercise, the LNP said those suspected criminals, 86 drug users and traffickers, will be sent to court for prosecution following what the officers called “thorough processing of the suspects.”
However, according to police spokesman Sam Collins, the early morning raids on Thursday were part of “Operation Safe Haven Reload,” a drive to make the city and its surroundings safe ahead of the raining season.
He disclosed that those arrested were in possession of dangerous substances, including marijuana, Italian whites as well as other contrabands or illegal imported drugs.
He made the disclosure to reporters Saturday, May 10, at the LNP Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Monrovia. Collins said the raid affected ghettos in Paynesville, including Red Light, and the Liberia Broadcasting Station (LBS) Communities, and Vai Town located in the Sinkor Old Road Community.
Quoting the Senior Inspector of Police, Robert Saah, the police spokesman said, the raids will continue until the ghettoes and all suspected criminal hideouts in and around Monrovia are dismantled to maintain a low crime rate in the city.
Mr. Collins has, meanwhile, called on all residents to help the police with information that will lead to locating criminal hideouts in the city and its environs.
“We will not compromise your security, all we need is your support and cooperation as we strive to make our country a better place to live and do business,” he assured.
The LNP official said the police was only carrying out its statutory function of protecting life and property, and not targeting anyone for reason than being a suspected criminal or drug user.