LIBERIA: Gov’t Lifts Curfew In Ganta

The Ministry of Justice has announced the lifting of the curfew imposed in Ganta, Nimba County as a result of violence in that city last Wednesday.  

Information Minister Lewis G. Brown told the Liberia News Agency that the decision was in response to the level of calm that has been restored in Ganta and the rapid return of the citizens to normal business and economic activities.

Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele imposed a 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 curfew on Wednesday in the wake of a violent protest in Ganta fueled by the discovery of the body of a motorcyclist reportedly murdered for ritualistic purposes.

Burning, looting and mob violence engulfed the city for hours until the Liberia National Police (LNP) restored calm and security.

Meanwhile, Minister Brown has indicated that the rapid and professional manner in which the LNP responded to the recent riots in Ganta, Nimba County portrays government’s desire to uphold peace in Liberia.

Brown said this should give Liberians at home and in the Diaspora the hope that Liberia still remains a safe destination to live and do business.

The Information Minister stressed that such unwholesome act reminds Liberians about the fragility of the nation’s peace, but assured that the government will do all it can to counter crimes and restore hope to the people.

Brown, who just returned from Ganta as part of a Government delegation to assess the situation as well as build the confidence of the people of the county, stressed that the response of the LNP also serves as a signal that Liberia is not a hub for jungle justice.

He noted that while it still remains glaring that the capacity of the LNP and other security apparatus needs to be built, the LNP’s current ability should not be underestimated.

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