‘General’ Mary Broh, the head of the Presidential Taskforce for the Beautification of Monrovia over the weekend ordered the arrest of 20 suspected drug users, and the closure of at least three ghettos in Monrovia.
During the exercise, bags of dangerous substances from some of the arrested suspects including alleged drug users and dealers were put on display with each of them tied in order to avoid them escape the scene.
Speaking to reporters on the scene which was witnessed by dozens of passerby, some members of the taskforce said, most of the people arrested are drug users, and also disclosed that those were caught as dealers will be processed by the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and sent to court for prosecution because they are creating a bad social condition in the country.
According to the taskforce, their action to raze ghettos and arrest suspected drug dealers and users is driven by the filthy condition of the areas they occupy, and also for posing a threat to peaceful citizens in their vicinities.
“See the place we just broke down near the road here, these men and women were living here while they make the surroundings filthy because they do not even have conscience to think that making the street dirty is unlawful,” another taskforce member remarked.
The drug dealers are said to be conducting business in various ways where they sometimes mix the illegal substances with locally produced snacks, such as cayenne and milk candy.
Cayenne is made of parched peanuts and a cassava product known as “gari” and sweetened with sugar.
Some onlookers said the homegrown marijuana is mixed with the cayenne ingredients so well, as to conceal the exact content of the substance. The milk candy and the drugs are also mixed together to evade detection by law enforcement officers.
“You will see it like real cayenne or milk candy, but don’t put it in your mouth because you will be going crazy just like the suspected users,” one of the onlookers said.
Meanwhile, residents in the area were exceedingly glad when they saw the suspected drug users and the alleged dealers arrested and their ghettos razed.
On the basis of their joy, a woman in the crowd expressed gratitude to Madam Mary Broh for the exercise, adding, “At least we will have a peaceful sleep during this festive season because some of those causing trouble for us here are arrested. They were going to be breaking into our houses all around here to steal the little we suffered to acquire.”
A young man who recently returned from Ghana added, “It would have been better had we, when Ellen was vying for reelection, replaced her with Mary Broh to complete the second term.
If Mary Broh were President of this country, she was going to make Liberia to be in line with Ghana as Jerry Rawlings did. Whether it was Rawlings’ relative that owned a building in the alley or anywhere roads should pass, he would break it down himself.
It is the similar style Mary Broh is doing here. The woman is so result-oriented that wherever her people are, she is also there taking part in the process to clean up the mess.”
(Credit: Daily Observer)