Police Abandon Vehicle Stuck on Highway

MONROVIA, Montserrado – A vehicle belonging to the Liberian National Police has been abandoned for nearly two months after getting stuck on the Suakoko Highway leading to Kakata.

The truck marked “LNP 4,” became stuck in September at a mudslide spot between 15-Gate and King Gray Number 7 community. Major parts, including tires and headlights, have already been stolen from the vehicle.

“This truck has been stuck since September, and no effort is being made by the government to get it out. Now see how criminals are stealing the parts,” a taxi driver plying between Redlight and Gbarnga told The Bush Chicken on condition of anonymity.

When contacted, the police’s chief mechanic, Johnny Varney, said several efforts to get the truck removed had failed.

He, however, assured that plans were underway to have it removed and taken to Monrovia early next week.

Despite support and donations from development partners, the Liberia National Police has often complained of being challenged with limited logistics.

According to a Daily Observer’s publication, findings of a research recently conducted by a local advocacy group, Open Liberia, revealed that all LNP’s functional operational logistics, including vehicles and motorbikes, are assigned at the police central headquarters in Monrovia, leaving county stations and depots completely incapacitated.

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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