Cross-Border Attack In Rivergee, Supt Jah Alarms

mmThe Superintendent of Rivergee County has disclosed that armed men from neighboring Ivory Coast have on several occasions carried out cross border attacks in the county.

Vice President Boakai receiving kola nut from elders and chiefs of Rivergee as Internal Affairs Minister Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa (second from right) Supt. Jah (third from right) and others look on

Superintendent Philip T. Jah recalled that during one of the cross border attacks, a citizen of Rivergee was shot in the process.

He said the county does not have adequate security personnel to deal with the continuous cross-border attacks.

Superintendent Jah made the disclosure during a recent welcoming program for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in Fishtown.

He told the gathering that it is important for the Government of Liberia to collaborate with its Ivorian counterpart to bring the situation under control so as to avoid future escalation.

Superintendent Jah warned that if the situation is not adressed, it could get out of hands one day, thereby undermining the peace of Liberia.

He said there are no Liberian officers deployed at the county borders with Ivory Coast.

The Superintendent said the county has seven borders with Ivory Coast with just two being officials.

Jah said there are just 33 police officers in the county who lack the necessary logistics to handle security threats or issues, thereby making the citizens to be vulnerable.

The Rivergee Superintendent also said the lack of adequate correction officers at the county prison facilities has on several occasions led to jail breaks by prisoners including a famous and notorious ‘armed robber’ identified as Francis Grandpa Doe, not the Liberian international star.

In remarks, Vice President Boakai commended citizens of Rivergee for being peaceful despite the reported cross-border attacks.

He said government will do everything possible to address the situation to avoid future escalation.

Ambassador Boakai said it is the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens, adding “this is why you elected us… we are to serve you because you are our employers.”

He also said the security of Liberia rests with Liberians who now have the responsibility to ensure that peace is maintained in the wake of UNMIL drawdown.

The Vice President said UNMIL cannot remain in Liberia forever; therefore, the time has come for Liberians to take charge of their own security.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.