FDID requests government set up a commission of inquiry on rampant police killing
FDID Press Release – Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development a local civil society organization is calling on government to set up a commission of inquiry to look into the rampant police killings.
Records have it that over a dozen citizens have been killed by police since the appointment of Francis Munu as Inspector General of Police. This figure is most alarming and worrisome for the peace and tranquility of our society. The citizenry of Sierra Leone have never witnessed such a spate of killing under any Inspector General of police.
What is most disturbing is the readiness of the IG of Police to always justify these killings in the guise of observing rules of engagement. After the unfortunate death of the Sierra Leonean born US Marine, the Inspector General was on radio democracy justifying the killing that the police were merely observing the usual rules of engagement. Two weeks after the said killing, the officer in question was dismissed from service which to our estimation is an outright indictment on the Inspector General. Why dismiss him, if he was merely observing the rules of engagement?
It is our view that IG Munu has failed in the discharge of his duty.
FDID-SL is therefore asking the I.G to do honourable thing, which is to resign. His failure to so do shall leave us with the only option of calling a nationwide peaceful protest demanding his resignation. The Police force of every nation is meant to safeguard lives and properties of its citizenry but the contrary is what operates in our society. Police who are paid from the tax payers money are gradually become the most feared section of our society.
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