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Consumer Protection Officers Harass Business People

Consumer Protection Officers Harass Business People

While the Sierra Leone business community is grappling with the adverse effect of the everyday taxation from the central government coupled with the drastic drop in sales, price inflation and the economic hardship facing the country, some fake and unscrupulous individuals parading themselves as Consumer Protection Officers are busy going around harassing business men and women especially foreign investors.

Day in day out, business places across the city and its environs, especially those owned by foreign nationals are been invaded by these unscrupulous individuals, mostly youths, who parade themselves as consumer protection officers causing havoc in a bid to exploit innocent business people. They usually go in groups and sometimes with the help of some unscrupulous police officers claiming to have been sent by the Ministry of Trade and Consumer Protection Unit all in a bid to exploit traders.

This unfortunate act from our Sierra Leonean youths has now become an eyesore in the sight of their everyday victims and hence inimical to the development of the country.  Business people from across the city are therefore calling on authorities concerned to come to their rescue in order to curb this menace.

In our subsequent editions, this medium will start naming and shaming these crooks should their exploits continue. You are warned.

By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara

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