Ahead of Sierra Leone’s November Polls…IG Munu Assures Maximum Security
The Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police Force (SLP), Francis Alieu Munu in a press conference on Tuesday November 13th, assured all Sierra Leonean that they will be mounting maximum security to ensure a smooth running process of the November 17 polls.
The IG declared this statement at his headquarters, George Street Freetown, whilst addressing a battery of press. He said they are implementing strategic security plans to ally any impeding threat by some few misguided people that will attempt to derail the entire process. He explained that they have already started operations up in the hinterland.
The IG noted that the SLP is well equipped to match-up the task by responding swiftly to any polling station that may attract any unprecedented situation. He cited that the solidarity match amongst the armed forces in the heart of the capital Freetown few days ago shows the spirit of unison and readiness of the armed forces to up-keep and protect their mandate.
He dished out the message of peace and called on all citizens to be law abiding, noting that to avoid confrontation with the forces, citizens are advised to vote quietly and peacefully. He said after which citizens should go back home or avoid the polling station at least 300 yards off.
He explained that the police are working with the election steering committee which he says is a partner to ensure that the process works out fairly and peacefully. He said by and large the campaign trails of the various political parties have being insofar successfully, saying except for some few fractional cases that were raised.
Francis Munu noted courtesy to the on going argument of the vehicular restriction; the IG said people should not see the restriction as hindrance to one’s democratic rights, but rather an aid to maintain the peaceful and quiet atmosphere we are already enjoying. He noted also that the restriction only applies in those areas where violent activities are prone, especially bigger towns and cities.
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