Demolition Threatens Big Wharf, other Slum Communities in Sierra Leone
It has come to the notice of Sierra Express Media (SEM) that Police officers at the Eastern Police Division have issued stern warning to all illegal occupants within Big Wharf and other slum communities like Susan’s Bay and Moa Wharf in Freetown to vacate or stop building unwanted structures. (Photo: Police officers warning slum dwellers to avoid building makeshift structures closer to the sea)
Speaking to SEM, the Operations Officer attached at the Eastern Police Division, Osman Kamara explained that they are warning illegal inhabitants to stop banking and building makeshift structures close to the water because they care about their safety
He further explained that they as Police officers took such endeavor because they don’t want to see or hear any incident of flooding in any part of the country. He therefore encouraged occupants to vacate the vicinity or stop mounting illegal structures or else their poor homes will not only be demolished but they will also face the full force of the law.
Inspector Tamba Francis Gborie Gbamgbah attached at Port Loko Wharf within Susan’s Bay, advised the Headman of the community to prevent people immediately from constructing dwelling homes in that vulnerable environment.
A community member, Mohamed, expressed happiness over the action of the Police to stop people from dwelling in those vulnerable places and emphasized that he has spent over twenty years at Susan’s Bay community. He said in the past, nobody was allowed to encroach the seaside area but today the vicinity is so congested in a way that some even risk their lives to bank the water with garbage which most time submerged and caused flooding to occur.
Another community dweller, Fatmata Kamara expressed frustration over the prompt action of the Police for the fact that she said, they have nowhere to go at this time of the raining season. She therefore appealed to the Operations Officer, Osman Kamara not to go ahead with the demolition process plan that will be mounted by next week.
By Ransford Wright
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