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Sierra Leone Police brutality leaves man in hospital

Sierra Leone Police brutality leaves man in hospital

It is not a secret that Police Officers in their thirst for money are bent on discrediting the credibility of the Sierra Leone Police. The act of taking bribes by Police Officers has engendered a bad replication into the justice system of the country.  (Photo: Victim of Police brutality, N’jai Alie, lying at Connaught Hospital)

Explaining his ordeal during an exclusive interview from his hospital bed at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, was a victim of reported Police brutality and incompetence, Mr. N’jai Alie, who said he is single and living with his family at 31 Lumley Street, Freetown.

He intimated this press that on by 5pm on Thursday, September 19 this year, a lady called Mamusu who he attested he had to pay $400 visited him, and as they were talking, two men who did not wear uniforms but identified themselves as Police Officers by flashing him their identity cards which they had on their necks. He further explained that the Policemen told him that they were coming from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)  headquarters at Pademba Road in Freetown, and sent by Mamusu to arrest him.

He said at that time he was severely suffering from malaria and he therefore asked them how they could take a sick man to the Police Station?

He further explained that at this stage he was immediately given a nasty slap by one of the Officers while the other one held his trousers very tightly and he was lifted up until he walked on his toes.

N’jai Alie said he was then frog-marched CID where a statement obtained from him by a Woman Police Constable. He said after he had made the statement the two Police Officers who had arrested him started beating him heavily in the full view of Mamusu at the CID cell until he collapsed where he spent the night.

He said upon gaining consciousness in hospital he was told that one of his cousins, Abass Alie, took him from the cell to the Connaught Hospital on the condition that he, Abass, will return him to the cell the following to which he agreed. He said he is responding to treatment.

“Is that the way Police Officers Police should behave to a suspect?,” he queried.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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