Several persons including marketers were reportedly hijacked by armed robbers who made away with thousands of Liberian dollars including used clothing bags, and other assorted dry goods along the Tappita, Grand Gedeh highway over the weekend.
According to one of the victims Cecilia Fahnbulleh, while en route to Zwedru in Grand Gedeh Saturday December 10 2016 a truck which was conveying the passengers developed mechanical problem before reaching Toe Town in Grand Gedeh County. In the process, some of the passengers decided to relieve themselves in the nearby bushes. Madam Fahnbulleh said while in the bush, they heard the operator of the vehicle Lahai Sessey beseeching all passengers, crying: “Your come oh! People taking your goods and bags from the truck running with them in the bush.” Madam Fahnbulleh explained further that as she and other passengers rushed to the scene they heard gun shots, as the bandits started threatening to kill anyone who will go closer to them or prevent them from looting the truck. Speaking to journalists yesterday at Paynesville Red Light area, the lady said the situation which occurred around 10:30 pm was very horrible as many people who were carrying thousands of goods almost lost everything, while at the same time some people lost cash and other personal belongings. She said the bandits later fled after looting, and operator reconditioned the vehicle. When they arrived at Toe Town, everyone was asleep. They only saw a man who identified himself as Richard, claiming to be a police officer. “The Police will investigate,” Richard told the aggrieved passengers. Madam Fahnbulleh is calling on the Government to provide highway vehicles for the police to enable them patrol at night at every highway in the country, especially in southeastern Liberia where there are reports of continuous armed robberies.