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Friday, June 14, 2024

FORMER VP JEWEL HOWARD-TAYLOR’S VEHICLE ATTACKED, URGENT CALL FOR ENHANCED PROTECTION

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – On Saturday, May 25, 2024, an alarming act of violence was committed against former Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor. As she was traveling through the Duport Road community in Paynesville, Montserrado County, her vehicle was subjected to a targeted attack by unknown assailants, resulting in the destruction of the vehicle’s rear windshield.

This assault marks escalation in the challenges facing former Vice President Howard-Taylor, who has repeatedly expressed concerns about her security to the current administration. Despite her numerous requests for enhanced protection from the Executive Protection Service, her appeals have remained largely unaddressed. This incident is not only a direct threat to her personal safety but also a disturbing indication of the broader security challenges ordinary citizens in Liberia face daily.

It is particularly distressing to note that since the new administration took over, there has been insufficient support in terms of security for former Vice President Howard-Taylor. No official or security vehicles have been provided, leaving her insufficiently protected. This raises serious concerns about the commitment to the safety of individuals who have served at the highest levels of government.

The former Vice President has been a steadfast advocate for peace and democratic integrity throughout her career, and it is with profound concern that we note the lack of security arrangements provided to her by the current government led by President Joseph Boakai. This oversight is in stark contrast to the state security protections extended to former government officials, including President Boakai and former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, during the tenure of former President George Weah and Vice President Howard-Taylor.

We urgently call on the Liberian National Police to intensify their efforts to apprehend and bring to justice those responsible for this act. It is imperative that the government addresses this grave lapse in security measures and ensures the safety of all its citizens, including public figures and former officials.

The former Vice President therefore wishes to express her gratitude for the outpouring of support from the public and reiterates her commitment to the democratic values and the rule of law. She urges all Liberians to remain vigilant and to support efforts to maintain peace and security within the nation.

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