Liberia president says ritual killings are increasing

As Liberia is declared Ebola-free President Johnson Sirleaf says ritual killings are on rise

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

According to Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the increase in ritualistic killings and armed robberies are threatening Liberia’s security.

Sirleaf took an oath to crack down on people who are responsible for the increase in ritual killings in the west African country.

In some areas of central Africa, body parts are bought and sold for their supposed supernatural powers and they are used in black magic rituals. Since the summer, approximately 10 ritualistic murders have been reported by the local media.

"We are witnessing the rise in what appears to be ritualistic killings and armed robbery in the country, thus threatening our security," Johnson Sirleaf said in a speech on Thursday.

"I am instructing the security forces to rigorously enforce the law to the letter and bring this ugly situation under immediate control," she added.

There is no information about why ritual killings are increasing, but some Liberians have claimed that the presidential candidates who are hoping to replace Johnson Sirleaf when her final term ends in 2017, are using black magic to improve their chances.

Additionally, Liberia has been announced Ebola-free for the second time in September after more than 4,800 deaths.

TRTWorld and agencies