Alleged coup plot… should the police turn a blind eye?
The news doing the rounds of an alleged mutiny by 12 military officers in the Northern District Head Quarter Town of Makeni has attracted negative comment by some sections of the public.
It is indeed true as per police report that 12 military officers whose plan was to stage a mutiny at the Teko military Barrack was foiled by the government security agency and are now incarcerated.
In a subsequent event, there are whispers all over the air of an alleged coup plot by some members of society, which further provoked the police to institute a massive investigation to pursue those who are connected to such a plan.
The result of police as a state institution executing its constitutional mandate as to allegation that is of serious concern to national security has seen the opposition party (SLPP) issuing out a press release referring to police action as political intimidation and harassment of their members.
With respect to their political freedom and rights to exist freely they must also bear in mind that the security of the state is of paramount interest than anyone involved in the foiled coup attempt. It is preached in national security that one must not treat intelligence with levity least it turns into something different.
If history tends to teach then it teaches nothing, we have forgotten the history of what amounted to two successive military coup d’etats ousting legitimate governments, the then Joseph Saidu Momoh and that of the Ahmed Tejan Kabbah administrations, lingered on treating intelligence reports with kid glove.
We have come a long way in achieving a stable political system, be it satisfactory by pro-government supporters or unsatisfactory by opposition supporters must be kept intact least we go back to the unrivalled eleven year darkest days and I fear it will be far worst.
The advice to both the government and the opposition is that they must allow the police to act independently as they are an establishment to provide security for the ordinary man. Lonta.
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