High-profile killings send panic across Liberia

Two sons of former Liberian Presidents and an immigration officer have become the latest victims of a wave of killings sweeping across Liberia.

Police spokesperson Moses Carter confirmed to the BBC on Wednesday that the last son of assassinated Liberian President William R. Tolbert, Jr, was murdered on Monday this week.

The body of Reverend William R. Tolbert, III was found lying in a pool of blood in his bedroom at his Bushrod Island district residence in the capital, Monrovia.

His father was gruesomely killed and his body dismembered in the Samuel Doe-led military coup that toppled his nine-year regime on 12 April 1980.

And like his late father, Rev Tolbert was a Baptist preacher and had served as Liberia’s ambassador for peace.

His death comes a day after the body of a female immigration officer, Maude Elliott, was found with deep cuts and bruises at her home in the Monrovia western outskirts of Brewerville.

In September, John Tubman, a son of Liberia’s longest-serving President, William Tubman, was killed and his body found at his home.

The killings have caused panic across the country.

Earlier this year, President George Weah came under public criticism when he urged citizens to protect themselves by installing security cameras at home.