Several Arrested for Lawlessness

first_imgThe Liberian National Police (LNP) yesterday arrested several people in the Fish Market for their alleged involvement in lawless acts along the Tubman Boulevard.Deputy Police Commissioner for Public Safety, Nelson Freeman, told the Daily Observer that the arrest of an unspecified number of men came when they allegedly converged near the main road and blocked traffic with sticks, iron and heavy rocks.According to Commissioner Nelson, those involved in the unauthorized street demonstration claimed they were affected by flood and wanted their plight to be addressed.He said most of those involved were criminals who are hiding between VAMOMA House and an adjacent fence, who had decided to cause chaos in the wake of the flood disaster.Commissioner Freeman noted that the flood had no connection with blocking traffic or taking to the street to demonstrate, and because this lawless act was allegedly committed by the men, they were detained and will later be sent to court for prosecution.The disruption was planned near President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s residence where flood victims converged to complain about cause of the flood. They attributed the causes to the President’s fence and work done at the Old Road junction by the Ministry of Public Works.As community dwellers strived to get their belongings out of the water and find safety in other locations in the Fish Market Community, scores of them angrily approached the fence and began to break it without permission.During the course of their action, some of them were arrested by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and taken to an unknown location.Mr. Seh S. Barclay, an elder in the community, told this newspaper that the mob was not out for violence but were calling on the President to see reason to solve the drainage problem as President and Mother to bring relief to community members.Mr. Barclay and other community leaders were heard cautioning the young people to deviate from violence and wait on the elders to approach the issue peacefully; but the intransigent youths would not listen as they shouted anti-Sirleaf slogans.Scores of affected mothers in the Fish Market Community alleged that one of the causes of flood in their community was poor work done by Ministry of Public Works at the Old Road junction near the President’s residence.The women, who would not give their names, told the Daily Observer that besides the blocking of the waterway by the President’s fence, Public Works stockpiled dirt down the stream at the Old Road junction, blocking the water from freely flowing.The women also said sand mining at the beach was threatening residents with water disasters in the community.According to them, they regularly see some security personnel escorting trucks to the beach taking sand and selling it out.Nevertheless, the angry women called on the Government to see reason to urgently address their plight and also release their children who had been arrested.The President’s residence itself was also flooded especially on the road leading to the compound.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgA young Co Donegal lad has kicked his way to the top of his sport across the world.World champ Damian!Damian Duddy, a student at Deele College in Raphoe, has been crowned ISKA World Junior Kickboxing Champion.Damian, who fights in the welterweight category, is no stranger to success, winning Irish and European titles in recent years. The 15 year old, who fights out of the PT kickboxing gym in Carrigans is a 5th year student in Deele College and is obviously delighted with his latest success.Nick-named ‘Kid Dynamite’ for his explosive speed and agility, Damian enthralled the crowd in the Millennium Forum with a brilliant display of technique, speed and strength last Saturday night.He overcame his Spanish opponent, winning all three rounds in convincing fashion.Damien celebrates his historic win with his family. From left, his brother William, father Cathal and mother ArleneMore than 2,000 people were in attendance in the walled city and it was the biggest kickboxing tournament ever seen in Ireland. His success will have delighted his hard working trainers, Paddy Toland and his father Cathal Duddy who have put so much into Damian’s success.Principal Mr PJ McGowan and Vice Principal Mr Danny McFadden congratulate Damien on his magnificent winDeele College Principal, PJ McGowan commended Damian on his big win, saying it was great for the school to have representatives like Damian, competing at the top level in his chosen sport.Damian follows in a long line of sporting heroes who have passed through the door at Deele College, not least four time world champion, Natalie McCarron, who defended her titles successfully on Saturday night.Mr McGowan also wished 3rd year student Brett McGinty the best of luck in his upcoming European Boxing Tournament in Russia, where he will be looking to emulate his recent success in Eastern Europe and bring back a medal.Damien celebrates his World Title with his classmates DAMIAN GETS HIS KICKS AFTER BEING CROWNED A WORLD CHAMP! was last modified: November 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Damian Duddydeele collegekick-boxingRaphoelast_img read more