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Attempted assassination of SLPP flag bearer Rtd Brig Julius Maada Bio

Attempted assassination of SLPP flag bearer Rtd Brig Julius Maada Bio

Saturday, September 10, 2011: On Friday September 9, 2011, the SLPP Flag Bearer accompanied by Senior Party Officials and Stakeholders commenced his Thank-the-People tour to all districts.  After a brief stop at Mile 91, Moyamba Junction and Taiama, the entourage arrived at Bo at about Mid-day.  The crowd was so massive that it took over four hours to complete the four kilometer distance between the outskirts and the location of the offices of the All Peoples Congress (APC) and the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC).

Barely after passing through cheering PMDC supporters at their office  on the left, we saw on the right youths of the APC dressed in red by  the road side and in close proximity to a group of armed police officers.  Few minutes later, these APC youths started pelting stones deliberately targeted at Rtd. Brig. Maada Bio.  As a consequence, they inflicted serious injury to his head and was immediately rushed to a private hospital for treatment.

This incident caused widespread pandemonium in town. The police officers specifically assigned to provide protection for the entourage immediately disappeared suggestive of having fore knowledge of the incident.  This completely left the Flag Bearer unprotected and vulnerable to assassination. The Police then started indiscriminate firing at the peaceful and jubilant crowd, resulting in one immediate death and twenty (20) seriously wounded. The Flag Bearer nevertheless proceeded with his meeting at the Coronation Field.

The SLPP would like to bring to the attention of the public the following observation:

  • Despite two official written requests, the Sierra Leone Police has refused to provide the SLPP Flag Bearer with armed security.
  • The officers assigned to protect the entourage were unarmed general duty police personnel.
  • The Sierra Leone Police allowed the APC to put on red ‘T’ shirts and deliberately stand on the road side raining insults and making provocative comments at the jubilating crowd whilst the SLPP procession was in progress.
  • Immediately after the incident, the Police assigned to the entourage vanished and other police officers started firing live shots.
  • The SLPP district executive and Bo district Members of Parliament had made earlier representations to the Police to inform them about plans of the APC to disrupt our procession. In essence the police knew about the plan in advance but did nothing to forestall it.
  • The attack on Maada Bio and the SLPP was also intended to provide the Government with an excuse to prevent our planned nationwide “Thank-the-People” tour from continuing.

We have received intelligence reports from credible sources that plans to assassinate Maada Bio have already been hatched.  The stone throwing was just a precursor which was expected to create the resultant chaotic atmosphere for executing their diabolic assassination plan.  We have further received intelligence reports regarding similar planned attacks against the Flag Bearer’s entourage in Kono.

The public will recall that since the election of Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio as SLPP Flag Bearer, the APC has embarked on a sustained campaign against his persona.  Realising the public has not bought into the calumny campaign but is demonstrating massive support for the SLPP, the APC has grown even more desperate and panicky and has resorted to violence.

The public will also like to recall that this incident occurred six days after the misuse of police personnel in Kono by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the beating of journalists after the match between Leone Stars and the Pharoahs of Egypt and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Mead by Presidential bodyguards.  Sadly enough, nothing concrete has been done beyond the usual verbal condemnations.

After series of incidents including the attacks on SLPP Headquarters and district offices, attacks of SLPP members at Gendema, the SLPP now has ample evidence that the APC plans to use not only state resources but also state security as instruments for perpetuating violence as a prelude to rigging the 2012 elections.

The SLPP strongly condemns the barbaric acts of the APC and considers it as a recipe for undermining the peace and security of the State.

In light of all these ugly developments, the SLPP would like to reecho our earlier calls upon the international community, as the moral guarantors of our hard earned peace, the Political Parties Registration Commission and the Civil Society to step in and ensure that the 2012 elections, and all the processes leading to it, are violence-free.

The SLPP would like to express heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and sympathy to those who sustained injuries during the procession.

The SLPP would also like to assure its membership that the Thank-the-People tour to the other districts shall continue as planned.

No amount of threat and intimidation shall deter the SLPP.

SLPP Press Statement
10 September, 2011

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  • APC should not have tried to assassinate Bio, as they tried with Nyuma.Do they realsie that if they succeed, their success can spark off a civil war in the Country.

    12th September 2011
  • Julius Maada Bio is suffering from a concussion, a condition from which venules and arterioles are broken causing multiple micro hemorrhages in the subarachnoid space.
    As a result the intracranial pressure rises above the norms resulting in a severe condition affecting the brain stem which regulates the involuntary process such as breathing, cardiac activities , muscle contraction , swallowing and speech is unpaired in some cases clinical examination would reveal low blood pressure barricade or tachycardia, psychomotor agitation ,decreased critical faculties , amnesia and other meningeal symptoms.
    Usually a lumber puncture is performed to determine the intensity of the bleeding, in well equipped centers x-rays or most effective tomography are performed. The above methods would dictate the method of treatment for a particular patient, conservative or a combination of both surgical and conservative treatment.
    The patient must be hospitalized instantaneously or recommended to stay away from active daily routine for at least a week or even longer depending on the severity of the bleeding (hematoma), steps should be taken to fight edema of the brain that could develop unnoticeably. In the interest of the public the doctors that are treating Bio should at least brief us on his dynamics. In accordance with the law inflicting bodily injury or injuries on any citizen is a criminal offence, just as must carrying on with an unsanctioned proceeding is legal nihilism. As for those youths ”our young brothers ” who are energized by marijuana, or cocaine you are now on a slippery path road to addiction.

    11th September 2011
  • this idiot is not a Rtd bragadier,he draws pension as captain.he was only promoted to captain by VEM STRASSER when he was minister of COMMUNICATIONS and was NO.3 of NPRC.Robert Yirra Koroma CDS of Sierra Leone armed forces has cleared this idiot rank.even his elder brother Tejan Killer Kabba did’nt recognise him as a Bragadier general.he never attended no courses for that rank.the only person in NPRC that attended courses and should be called that is KOMBA MONDEH

    11th September 2011
  • why is killer maada bio not coming to USA to raise funds,the party need to ask him.they instead hosting a dance and dinner on behalf of him.A killer is always a killer.some one will take the shot on him.all the money he was paid to handover by his elder brother tajan killer kabba and mouth watering berewa.maada show show his ways its just a matter of time.if you live by the sword ,you die by the sword.

    11th September 2011
  • According to press report; the president ordered all APC offices in Bo and else where to remain closed during the SLPP Rallies. That order supposed to be carried out but why were there some remnants of APC elements doing in the party offices?
    If SLPP supporters sang, jumped and insulted Mr.Koroma, does that lead to an attack against the leader of another presidential hopeful life? Check yourselves out man.
    Is the President the almighty God that someone can not challenge, criticise or insult?
    One who doesn’t want to be insulted should not get involved into politics right !!
    An attack against any opposition or the press is an attack against democratic values.
    Sierra Leoneans abroad want to know exactly what happened and why it happened.
    Who send those trouble makers why some are saying that SLPP planned itself?
    SLPP can’t send in their vibrant supporters to attack their own candidate to create unrest in their own political rally. We need unguent answers from the president.
    The president knew what was going to take place, to assassinate a leading member of the main opposition party. The unarmed police who were on duty easily varnished and the others started firing at peaceful political activists in order to disrupt that event.
    One bullet and shame on Ernest Bai Koroma if he makes such a useless attempt.

    11th September 2011

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