- With assistance from the United Nations, Liberia is trying to contain proliferation of crimes in its territory. Crime, which is the offshoot of a 14-year civil war, is said to be Liberia's greatest problem. But if the country is losing or gaining its battle against criminals is the million dollar question, more so when prisoners in the country broke the jail and went into hibernation.
According to the independent 'Analyst' newspaper, 57 Liberian prisoners at Monrovia Central Prison manhandled the UN peacekeepers at the prison gate before escaping into the thin air. The city prison is being manned by officers of the Nepalese contingent of the multi-national peacekeeping force, UNMIL.
This latest trend sends shocks among Liberians, whose only quest is to have final peace. But the Inspector General of Police, Beatrice Munah Sieh said there is no cause for alarm because his men had already launched a full scale investigation to ascertain the reasons that led to the escape of criminals.
The police chief said already eight of the escaped prisoners had been re-arrested on Monday and that a specialised unit of police had been dispatched to re-arrest the remaining 49 escapees.
Going by the tone of the police statement, the escape has put the lives of strangers at risks because the public was advised to report any time they see strange faces in their neighbourhood.
The public was further cautioned about the dangers of harbouring the escapees because records had shown that some of them were hardened criminals who were fearless to commit heinous crime.
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