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Four Prison Officers for peacekeeping in Dafur

Four Prison Officers for peacekeeping in Dafur

The Regional Commander of Prisons in the Northern Province, Assistant Director M.T. Ngobeh together with three other officers of the Prison Service are due to travel to Darfur, Sudan on September 28th 2011 to help keep the peace in that troubled country.

The other three are Chief Superintendents Allie Bangura, Sorie Conteh, and Alpha Tarawallie.

The four are said to have sat and passed examinations conducted for selection.

Although the Regional Commander South, Mr. Joe Lamboi is due in Freetown after serving as peacekeeper in Darfur/Sudan, the postings of Mr. Ngobeh and others is no replacement for him.

According to reports, the African Union and the United Nations Peacekeepers are drawn from countries such Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda and D.R. Congo among others who have gone through wars.  The number of officers from Prisons Service required for this latest posting to Darfur is eighteen, but only four have been approved so far.  The mission is expected to last for one year.

A Sierra Leonean Prison Officer, Assistant Director Denis K. Herman is the Sector Commander in charge of prison officers coming from Western African countries.

Sierra Leoneans from the military, police and prison services who have been sent on peacekeeping in Darfur have proved to be outstanding in the performance of their duties.

But while in the military and police other ranks are considered for peacekeeping in Dafur, only senior members in the prison services enjoy such opportunity.

By Amadi Abadi

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