Sierra Leone Police Call for Citizens Collaboration in Arrests
At a press conference held on Tuesday 16th August at the Police Headquarters in Freetown, the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Brima Jah, told journalists that they have some 141 suspects in police custody and are looking for some others that they have declared wanted persons, and have released a toll-free line for citizens to help them with information about their whereabouts.
Speaking during the press briefing on the security situation in the country after the 10th August saga, AIG Jah maintained that things were under control and that people should go about their normal business, and warned that the police will come hard on people who break the law, with the intention to foment trouble and disturb the peace of the country.
It was further disclosed that among those arrested on Wednesday’s violence and in their custody were 24 juveniles: 18 young boys and 6 girls. In this regard, they are calling on parents and relatives of these children to come to the station to identify them. They maintained that after completion of investigation of those in their custody, they will be charged to Court on various charges, including Riotous Conduct, Murder etc.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Johnson met with wives and family members of the deceased police officers killed during the violent protest and assured them of government’s commitment to take care of them, as well as directives from the President to accord the said deceased officers, civic funeral. He expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the IGP to the bereaved families and promised that the perpetrators will be brought to book.
Meanwhile a list of the wanted persons has been posted on various police stations as well as the toll free line for information leading to their arrest.
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