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Soldiers too can arrest – says ASP Samura

Soldiers too can arrest – says ASP Samura

Sequel to Tuesday’s publication which exposed the Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police Force, Francis Allieu Munu, ordering the unlawful arrest of military personnel, ASP Samura speaks contrary.

The man involved is said to have acted upon suspicion that certain foreign nationals are in possession of illegal contraband substance including precious stones.  Sierra Express Media contacted the Sierra Leone Police media man, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ibrahim Samura in a telephone conversation, and he intimated to this press that he had always known his boss the IG to be a ‘no nonsense personality,’ quoting the exact words of the ASP.

He said the military personnel cum victim has the right to carry out such an arrest as he puts it: “community policing is a civic responsibility of every citizen”. He highlighted further that the matter put forward by the officer in question is a sensitive one that carries substance.

Contacting the IG, his statement contradicted that of his ASP, the IG in his exact words brandished that the officer has no right or authority whatsoever to have acted in the capacity of a police officer and that if he had such information he should have contacted the Transnational Crime Branch Division responsible for such matters.

He stated that that the accused person is an investor that is currently investing millions in this country and he also explained that the accused had been involved in a car accident in Waima recently where according to the IG he got his car burnt out by locals in that vicinity.

In that capacity, he said, the victim was only trying to harass the suspects for money, a reason why he ordered the unlawful arrest and subsequent detention of the military personnel.

What awaits the faith of a man who acted in the capacity to help save his country’s image of not being dragged to the mud like it was in the famous cocaine saga in the 2007.

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