Senate Security Chair Wants Defense Ministry Release Report On Western Liberia Shooting

Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County
Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security has called on the Ministry of National Defense to speedily release report which led to sporadic shooting by unannounced armed men in western Liberia in order to allay fears Liberians who ran for their lives during the incident which took place early this month, August 8, 2016.

Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County said it is urgent and necessary that the Liberian Ministry of National Defense officials come out and inform the Liberian people about the situation instead of getting information from security agencies of neighboring Sierra Leone that this shooting was a result of a team of movie producers who crossed over to Liberia from Sierra Leone.

He said since the incident in the ‘Fulah Hill’ Community, Bomi County the Liberian Defense Ministry is yet to come out and clear the air as to who were those that carryout the shooting, and their motive, adding, “It was only the Sierra Leonean media that reported the cause of the shooting, and also it was only that County Police authority that also came out to called on the public not to be panic on the issue. Our security authorities are yet to come out and clear the air,” Senator Zargo told journalists.

Senator Zargo speaking to reporters over the weekend to react to a recent statement made by the Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Inspector Chris Massaquoi that dozens armed robbers are nightly taken over Liberia due to the lack of financial support to the police to fight robbers and other criminals who have vowed to terrorize peaceful citizens at night.

He said the Liberia Police boss should appreciate the level of support been given his organization by the international community including the United Nations over the years, stressed, “It is disappointing for the director to make such a statement that has the propensity to discourage anyone who has provided assistance to that institution,” Senator speaking further noted.

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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.