President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said government is witnessing a rise in what appears to be ritualistic killings and armed robbery, vowing that the State will go after those involved with the full force.
“For those who have chosen the path to commit murder and other heinous crimes, we will come after you and there will be no place for you once caught; and the full weight of the law will take its course,” the Liberian leader emphasized.
President Sirleaf made the pledge when she addressed the nation in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia on Thursday.
“Some elements of the society are beginning to test our resolve to ensure the collective security of the country and its people through different acts of lawlessness and criminality, especially in the face of UNMIL drawdown. Let me assure you that we are aware of what is happening and is taking steps to contain these cruel acts of lawlessness.”
President Sirleaf disclosed that she has instructed security forces to rigorously enforce the law to bring this ugly situation under immediate control.
She, however, urged Liberians to refrain from acts of violent protests and destruction of properties in the expression of right to land and community benefits, among others, if the government must succeed in combating acts of lawlessness, adding, “This will not be tolerated.”
She also called for better consideration and cooperation by non-state actors in their advocacy on behalf of their organizations and beneficiaries which, she said, will open up for more private sector investments for all Liberians.
President Sirleaf also urged members of the government to make improvements in terms of bureaucratic delays, better use of capacity, changes in procurement laws and processes and a more rigorous enforcement in the government’s anti-corruption efforts.