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FDID-SL Press Release

FDID-SL Press Release

The Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development Sierra Leone-FDID-SL totally and in strong terms condemns the act of vandalism against peaceful citizens within St John and Campbell street area, in Freetown by some lawless youths on the 11th May 2012. Our Organization is concerned with the increase in violence, and the perpetrators going scot free.  It appears that 11 May has been legalized for drug abuse in Sierra Leone, marijuana to be specific.  Sadly, the authorities over the years are turning a blind eye, and woefully failing to take adequate measures.

Violence has the potential to undermine our hard earned peace; therefore, it must be nipped in the bud whenever and wherever it wants to raised its ugly head.  Impunity must not be allowed to triumph in our society.  The law enforcement agencies must be proactive in the performance of their duties – protecting lives and properties.  The government must know that electioneering period is not a period of grace for lawless people, because they are desperate for their vote.

FDID-SL also wishes to sympathize with the victims of violence of 11 May, 2012. By some celebrants of Bob Marley night (njaba night) in Sierra Leone.

We are calling on government to thoroughly investigate and bring all the perpetrators before the law.  That our security personnel be deployed on every May 11 each year to protect lives and properties of peaceful citizen across the country.

Our law enforcement agencies MUST intensify the search for marijuana (njaba) and its abusers in our country because, in Sierra Leone marijuana has now become the leading illegal substance abused by young people.

Note: Foundation for Democratic Initiative and Development-(FDID)-SL is the leading Non-Governmental Organization campaigning against drug abuse, demand reduction and violence in Sierra Leone.

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