The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has come in defense of street criminals locally known as ‘zogos’ after police raided them from the streets and ghettoes.
Recently Police swooped several ghettoes in Monrovia and parts adjacent arresting several of the zogos on suspicion of drug addiction.
But the Revolutionary National Youth League (RNYL) of CDC defending the street gangs, says the action of the people was a violation of the criminals’ human rights.
The party’s Youth League Chairperson, Jefferson Koijee, said Tuesday in Monrovia the action by the police violates Article 20 of the Liberian constitution which states “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this constitution and in accordance with due process of law.”
Koijee: There is a level of concern that we have as regard the manner in which these persons have been forcibly and with brutality enjoined from the enjoyment of their liberty by the unilateral directive of Abraham Kromah (Deputy Police Director for Operations). No listing has been made available to the public or families of those concerned with respect to those targeted and those actually taken. Subsequently, we have no way of knowing whether any individual could be picked up at any time, can this action be justified by Abraham Kromah as a continuation of his effort to rid Monrovia of the persons in question.
CDC is meanwhile seeking the whereabouts and health status of the street criminals already arrested.