The Police & Election 2012
2012 is considered by many as the ‘dawn of a new year;’ a year of new age. A year in which the nation is seen turning a new chapter as it approaches the November 17th Presidential, Parliamentary, and Local Council elections.
It seems quite apparent that the November 17th election is peculiar, as for the first time in the history of Sierra Leone has an election for four contestable positions is, in a single day been conducted.
To these, came public’s insinuations that the police, dissimilar to other security sectors are, but the least, expected to exhibit their responsibilities within the ambits of trust, sincerity and due diligence.
But by the practical look of things, even as we speak, 80% of police have overindulged into institutional neglect; thus doing things going against their sworn oath of allegiance.
It is an agreeable fact that the police have in the recent past raided a container suspected to have contained Pampas, into which cocaine substances were allegedly stuffed.
The alleged and suspected container was impounded and even though the police was adamant in confirming to Sierra Leoneans what the substance found in the impounded container was nine persons were arrested including Nigerian nationals.
Quite recently, a good number of those arrested have been released with barely two standing trial for offences unclear to the public.
No doubt at all that Sierra Leoneans see the police as not matching up to the expectations of society.
And that government should virtually not sit by and see the police go against their very responsibilities, but caution them of what they ought do and not do at all.
By Mohamed Kabba Turay
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