Militia Formed to Curb Crime in Freetown
Youths with machetes, whistles, and other forms of crude weaponry at Goderich village West of Freetown, on Saturday 5th September 2009, launched a self-defense club to resist the rampant incidence of crime in their locality. According to youth leader Mohamed Davidson, who is also chairman of the club, the club was formed mainly to combat the rise in crime rates within their once peaceful community.
The vigilante group he said is to complement the effort of the police who he noted are very slow in responding to distress calls by residents when criminals attack peaceful citizens at the village.
The Chairman went on to state that members of the club simply dubbed Bottom Mango Club will be charged with the task of patrolling at night, arresting suspected thieves, handing them over to the police and foiling any planned criminal activity in the area.
Members of the anti crime militia disclosed that they are ready to tackle any crime in their community as according to them the police do not seem to be interested in curbing the soaring crime at Goderich.
Members called on the community people to cooperate with them by relating any information to them so that prompt action is taken. The vigilante called on government, the Sierra Leone Police, and community people to render assistance to them either in kind or cash as they keep watch all night to fend away intruders on the peace of the community. The initiative they said will be spread to other areas in the capital so that a formidable opposition is formed against criminals and armed robbers.
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