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The Fourah Bay Community Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to serve the welfare and the development of the Fourah Bay Community past Sunday 19th January, 2014 held prayers and Quranic reading sessions at the Sulaimania School Hall, Foster Street, Fourah Bay in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the civil strife of 1999.
In an exclusive interview with the foundation Public Relations Officer, Abdul Azizi Gabisi he stated that it could be recalled that following the 6th January, 1999 invasion of Freetown by the RUF/AFRC rebels, over 67 people were killed while over 200 houses burnt in the community.
Abdul Azizi Gabisi further stated that Imam Alhaji Hassan Karim and Cleric Alhaji Mustafa Salam Savage in their sermons preached that the paramount duty of Muslims is to pray and ask Allah (God) for forgiveness of those who have passed on and admonished that it is the duty of every citizen of the country to be watchful about their communities and the environment and to as well report all suspicious activities to the national security.
He said that members of the foundation paid a courtesy call on the new Acting A.I.G. Memuna Conteh and Senior Police Officers at their Ross Road Division where members reminded the police of the foundation’s activities including the foundation’s close partnership and collaboration with the Sierra Leone Police in fighting crime in the community as the community prides itself on peace, law abiding and preservation of community values; the Oxley Street (Fourah Bay Field) grounds remain closed and will be opened only if the police and the community are assured of violence free sporting events; that the foundation recognizes the handicap of the police in the full discharge of their duties; sensitization meetings with youth groups and individuals about good behavior and the avoidance of drugs and warning letters have been distributed to households that they will be in breach of the law if they condone suspects and criminals in their houses, adding, “it is for this reason that the Fourah Bay Community Foundation has identified a plot of land in the centre of Fourah Bay in which a police post will be installed in order to effect a rapid police response.”
Members recalled the sad event of 13th September, 2013 in which two people lost their lives.
The Acting A.I.G., Memuna Conteh assured the foundation members that the police is fully aware of happenings in the community and that the Inspector General has given her the free hand to police every situation in Fourah Bay to achieve peace.
The Ross Road Police Division Local Unit Commander, Superintendent Sanie Sesay rendered the vote of thanks and promised of robust police collaboration with the Fourah Bay Community in the fight against crime, gangsterism, and the proliferation of violent cliques.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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