YEKEPA, July 6 (LINA) - Officers of the Liberia National Police are retrieving items looted from the mining facilities of ArcelorMittal during the recent protest by some residents near the concession area.
Acting on a writ from the court, the Police have solicited the assistance of local chiefs, elders and youths of the surrounding towns and villages in the concession area in the search and retrieval exercises.
Some of the items which have been recovered and delivered to the court include bags of cement, heavy duty vehicle tires, air conditioners, water heaters, office equipment and supplies, and drums of lubricants, amongst others.
According to the Senior Inspector of Police in charge of the ongoing operation, Officer Robert Saah, many of the local authorities and community leaders, as well as ordinary citizens have volunteered to cooperate with the police in the search operation.
Briefing Information Minister Lewis Brown and the press, Officer Saah said the police was pleased with the level of support from residents of the surrounding communities without which, he noted, the ongoing police operation to save lives, restore order, retrieve and return looted properties would have been costlier.
“Although my men came under fire from the rioters, and had to overcome a number of obstacles along the road, we arrived on time as the protesters were setting fire to an important bridge, which would have cut off efforts to bring reinforcements from Sanniquellie, Gbarnga and Monrovia,” Saah said.
Meanwhile, Inspector Saah has confirmed the arrest of a number of ringleaders and said that calm has returned to the mining town and surrounding areas.