Several residents of the Jalloh Shop Community along the Pipeline Road in Paynesville were on Monday arrested by some Officers of the Liberian National Police on grounds that the residents placed a roadblock on the main route from Jalloh Shop Community to other places, causing several vehicles to remain in a queue for hours.
The residents’ action comes due to agitation that the lack of electricity has resulted to them using commercial current which is too costly for them.
The residents referenced National Port Authority Managing Director, Bill Twehway, whom they alleged is benefiting from electricity while they remain in darkness.
Richard Jallah and several others were arrested and taken away to unknown destinations by LNP officers after their action resulted to serious congestion along the Pipeline Road.
The residents said their demand for electricity in the community was becoming long overdue, while few higher- up government officials next-door to them are having access to electricity.
However, Daniel Deshield, District Coordinator of Montserrado County said the citizens concern is ‘cardinal,’ because the hydro tension line of the Liberia Electricity Corporation passes through Montserrado District#3 and residents are not benefiting from electricity.
Deshield said the residents were peaceful while staging the protest and he sees no reason while police will arrest them for speaking out.
“They were peaceful and their action did not lead to any casualty, but we are surprise to see officers of the LNP arresting them,” Deshield noted