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Sellers of Contaminated Palm Oil Arrested In Makeni

Sellers of Contaminated Palm Oil Arrested In Makeni

The Director of Operations in the Sierra Leone Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Elizabeth Turay has informed journalists that some unpatriotic people in the northern city of Makeni were caught selling contaminated palm oil for public consumption.

The AIG made the statement during a press briefing organized at the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) headquarters on Thursday, August 30th 2018. “Such an attitude is bad for our country for the fact that, she said, it has health implications”.

She also told journalists that 13 people have been arrested for alleged illicit gold mining activities and have been charged to the Tankoro Court in Koinadugu District, Kabala.

She recommended that the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources takes the lead in the fight against indiscriminate mining activities lead and suggested that employing private companies to control mining activities in mining communities would solve illicit mining activities.

The no-nonsense female officer also spoke about police determination in partnership with stakeholders and other relevant bodies to monitor the President Julius Maada Bio free quality education initiative.

The AIG bragged that the Sierra Leone Police is on top of situation as far as security is concerned across the country.

The AIG concluded by ascertaining that despite efforts by the Ministry of Mines, SLP and other stakeholders, the issue of illicit mining is still a concern in some parts of the country on Tuesday 21 August this year, OSD personnel deployed at Komao, Nimikoro Chiefdom  arrested 13 people for illicit mining.

All suspects were charged to court and remanded to the Male Correctional Centre in Tankoro.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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