LIBERIA: Govt. Bans Motorcycles In Ganta

The government has banned the operation of commercial motorcycles in Ganta City, Nimba County until investigation into Wednesday’s mob violence allegedly carried out by motorcyclists is finalized.

Making the pronouncement on behalf of the Liberian Government in a special address to the nation Wednesday, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh said any motorcyclist caught violating the ban will be dealt with in keeping with the law.

Cllr. Sannoh said the government regrets the act of violence perpetrated by some lawless citizens in Ganta on Wednesday, and said a full-scale investigation has been launched to ensure that those involved in the unlawful acts are brought to justice.

“Liberia is and will continue to be a country of law and not of men; the government takes what happened in Ganta seriously and will not relent in dispensing justice to the fullest against those who attempt to tamper with the peace Liberians now enjoy,” the Attorney General stressed.

He announced the arrest of six suspects linked to the vandalism, looting and mayhem that took place in Ganta and disclosed that they are currently undergoing investigation, while the police are in pursuit of others who are said to be linked to the incident.

On Wednesday morning, violence erupted in Ganta, Nimba County when some residents of the Bligaye Town Community discovered the body of an unidentified motorcyclist who was gruesomely murdered on the Ganta United Methodist High School sports pitch.

The unidentified motorcyclist, apparently in his early 20s, was believed to have been murdered for ritualistic purpose, leading some angry citizens, most of whom were motorcyclists, to set ablaze buildings, loot and destroy properties and kill a man.

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