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‘I will not be intimidated,’ IG Munu

‘I will not be intimidated,’ IG Munu

Inspector General of Police, Mr. Francis Alieu Munu (n photo) has said that he will be not be intimidated by those who always look for the mistakes that the police make and amplify them but refuse to acknowledge the overwhelming good work that they are doing to ensure that lives and properties are protected.

Addressing newsmen at the weekly press briefing at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information and Communications yesterday, Mr. Munu condemned attempts by certain people to castigate the police, especially him as the head of the police, without ever hearing their own side before going public with such publications.

He said it is very is unfair for people to castigate a whole institution for the mistake of one or two of their members.

He challenged those people who are bent on discrediting the credibility of the Sierra Leone Police that they are determined to provide efficient services more than anything.

He emphasized that the Sierra Leone Police is rated very highly in international circles, stressing that they will press to do more.

He maintained that they will do everything they can to ensure that the trust of the people to whom they are answerable is maintained.

He stressed that God has a purpose for making him Inspector General of Police and that no body was going to derail him from fulfilling his mandate.

He maintained that the Police is a necessary institution of the state as without it the country will be in a constant state of chaos.

He pointed out that there are no other people who will solve the problems of Sierra Leone except Sierra Leoneans themselves.

He assured Sierra Leoneans that the present security situation in the country is very calm and under control.

He however acknowledged that since we live in a dynamic security situation, unforeseen events do occur but that they are always ready to respond to them appropriately.

He declared that the capacity of the Sierra Leone Police has increased but in numbers, logistics, departments and facilities.

He stated that the increase in the minimum wage of the Police as well as their monthly rice supply and other facilities have raised their morale to the highest attainable level.

He assured the people of this country that they will ensure a conducive security environment for the Christmas period so that both home based Sierra Leoneans as well as their relatives and friends coming from overseas to spend the yuletide holidays here will enjoy their stay.

He reiterated that it is their responsibility to investigate and take disciplinary action against any Police Officer involved in violent or corrupt practices.

He disclosed that on Wednesday, December 11, forty Police Officers left Sierra Leone to join the peace keeping force in Darfur, Sudan, while others have just returned home after the end of their term of duty there.

He concluded that they will continue to perform their duties without any fear or favour.

By Abdul Hassan Fackie

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