Bong County Flag
LMTU Alarms Over Increasing Wave of Attacks On Bike Riders In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 22 (LINA) - The President of the Bong County Branch of the Liberia Motorcyclists Transport Union (LMTU) has alarmed over the increasing wave of attacks on motorcyclists operating in the county in recent times.
Samuel Elliot told the Liberia News Agency Friday, that there have been constant attacks on motorcyclists by gangs of unknown individuals, resulting to the wounding of bike riders and theft of their motorbikes.
Elliot named areas where bike riders are being attacked as Gbarnga, Suakoko, Kpaii and Panta Districts and Gbartala along the Monrovia highway.
He said some of his members have been badly wounded on the head, stabbed in the stomach, severely beaten and left unconscious, forcing them to seek medical treatment at hospitals and clinics in the county.
Elliot revealed that as a result of these brutal acts, residents of some of the communities can no longer easily find bikes because no bike rider uses those routes after six p.m.
Elliot noted that criminals have always used the festive seasons to brutalize and in some instances kill motorcyclists and take away their bikes, and appealed to authorities to help bring this ugly situation to a halt.
When contacted, the Chief Superintendent of the Bong County Detachment of the Liberia National Police, Fredrick Nappy, said the police is aware of the situation and is doing all it can to arrest the perpetrators.
He then advised motorcyclists to be careful and always watch out for those they are transporting on their bikes during this July 26 festive season, especially during night hours.