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Over Demolition…Riot at Lumley

Over Demolition…Riot at Lumley

Desperate youths recently went on the rampage at Lumley in protest against the attempt by the demolition team to demolish sixty houses, including a school at Lumley Road in the West end of Freetown.

According to Adama Kong, one of the residents whose dwelling was about to be demolished,  a demolition team attended by riot police breezed into their residence on Thursday May 30th, threatening to demolish it based on a court order. Madam Kong further explained that when she asked the team members to produce the documented court order that mandated them to demolish their residence, they could not produce the document but that the team leader went ahead and ordered that the house be demolished. “I then phoned my landlady, Madam Prudence French who immediately arrived at the scene and made few telephone calls and the demolition team vanished instantly promising to come back,” she further narrated.

Our investigation revealed that on Tuesday, June 4th, a team of riot police was again seen around the area in the early hours and this made the youths suspicious that another demolition team was on the way. The suspicious youths started shouting riotously, burning tyres and menacing evil and the police again disappeared.

By Abdulai Bangura

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