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Saudi Arabia -Internal Affairs Minister commends the police and says Acha is coming back

Saudi Arabia -Internal Affairs Minister commends the police and says Acha is coming back

Internal Affairs, Local Government and Rural Development Minister has said in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that the police “are doing extremely well in the country in the maintenance of law and order.”

Ambassador Alhaji Dauda Sulaiman Kamara who was here under the auspices of the Royal Protocol Department to perform one of Islam’s pillars, Hajj, made the statement at the Jeddah Conference Palace when responding to questions about recent allegations levied against the police that: “Some police officers are allegedly aiding and abetting armed robbers.”

The minister however confirmed that a police officer was arrested recently for alleged involvement in armed robbery in the diamond ferous district of Kono and was kept in protective custody for investigations.

“We have over 9,000 police men and women spread all over the country. All of them can not be as good as one may think,” the minister pointed out.

The fact of the matter is, he added, it’s difficult to run a big institution like the police without hiccups.

On the whole, the minister continued, we have very competent, dedicated police officers who are well educated in modern policing and they have been performing their duties remarkably well.

Brima Acha Kamara

Brima Acha Kamara

On speculation that the Inspector General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara, “is not coming back and he’s going to be replaced,” the minister said: “ He’s coming back. He left to receive a high profile award in London, which I believe is a pride to our country and the police force.”

Before he left, Ambassador Dauda reiterated, “he asked for leave in a formal letter to me.  In his absence, another competent officer is acting. He should report for duty immediately after his leave ends,” he added.

It could be recalled that Brima Acha Kamara took over the mantle of the police leadership in 2003 after succeeding the British born, Kith Biddle, who headed the British Government-sent Commonwealth Police Development Task Force (CPDTF) from 1999-2003. The minister who is also in charge of Prisons, the Fire Force and other institutions across the country, says: “All of them are doing extremely well.”

By Alhaji Jalloh, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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