VP Boakai Comments on LAC Killing

Monday, 19th November 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President, the Honorable Joseph N. Boakai, has vowed that the Liberian Government will never be defeated by criminal elements in our society who are bent on creating a negative image of the Country.  He said Government has beefed up its security system and remains determined to continue its major crackdown on armed robbery and other criminal behavior.  

Speaking when he addressed journalists today, the Liberian Vice President expressed condolences to the management and staff of the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) for the death of the Plantations Manager who was reportedly shot by unknown persons.  Commenting on the killing, Honorable Boakai said circumstances surrounding the crime will be quickly and thoroughly investigated and those found culpable will face the full weight of the Liberian laws.  

A release from the Office of the Vice President quoted Honorable Boakai as saying that government will continue to work with the Management of LAC and the people of Grand Bassa County to create employment, bring development to the area and at the same time remain sensitive to traditional land rights.  Vice President Boakai said that it was regrettable that while Government was working to make Liberia more investment friendly, a few criminal misfits were bent on disturbing innocent citizens and foreign nationals for their selfish gains.

The Vice President also commended the security apparatus for their swift action in apprehending several suspects in the recent heist of a Global Bank vehicle on its way to Grand Bassa County.  He confirmed that the suspects were being investigated and would be brought to justice in keeping with law.

He called on the Ministry of Justice, UNMIL and all security agencies in the Country to jointly formulate effective strategies to combat the wave of armed robberies and other petty crimes around the Country.  Honorable Boakai said that he would continue to monitor the situation and urged the public to continue to cooperate with Government by reporting suspicious activities and criminal elements to law enforcement personnel.