Montserrado County Senators Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo
Senators Warn Security Against Harassing Citizens
By Winnie Dixon (Intern)
MONROVIA, August 19 (LINA) - Two Senators are calling on members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned at checkpoints to refrain from harassing and manhandling peaceful citizens.
Senators Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo of Montserrado County and Lahai G. Lassana of Bomi County made the call Tuesday during a Senate session when they spoke on issues affecting the well-being of the citizenry in the fight against the Ebola disease.
Senator Sumo cautioned that the fight against Ebola must not be centered on creating fear as the people are already frightened by the presence of armed men at posts designated by the National Ebola Task Force.
She urged the security men to be civil in the collective effort to combat the Ebola disease.
She made particular reference to a case involving the Police Support Unit (PSU) and a resident of Gardnersville who was attacked, robbed and flogged by the armed men.
For his part, Senator Lassana alleged that armed security personnel were seen in Gbah Market in Bomi County on Monday arresting, looting and preventing people from selling in the market on grounds that the country is in a state of emergency and that no one was permitted to sell at that market.
The Senators argued that some citizens may violate certain provisions of the emergency, but security forces must realize that their duty is to protect lives and property, and not to harass peaceful citizens.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the senators added that the treatment meted out to the citizens by the security men are unacceptable and called on relevant authorities to institute measures to prevent repetition of such acts.