Sierra Leone Land Saga…Police, Soldiers Clash
The insatiable desire by certain government ministers for land acquisition has degenerated into a clash between police officers at Lumley and a squad of soldiers allegedly members of the presidential guards.
On Thursday June 11, a meeting convened by the Lumley Police Division with stakeholders in the Peninsula area on Covid-19 measures and sensitisation, was rudely disrupted by a squad of soldiers who stormed the Lumley Police Station to forcefully free a detained offender who was under custody. According to sources, a parcel of land belonging to a peaceful citizen was invaded by some thugs allegedly acting on the instructions of Deputy Agriculture Minister 2 Dr. Karim and Minister of Lands Dr. Dennis Sandi. The invaders were there to scare the rightful owner or caretakers away and start clearing the place for construction. A standoff ensued between the caretakers and the thugs but the latter overcame the former, forcing them to flee for their lives. Lumley Police got wind of the incident and immediately went there and arrested one of the thugs and brought him to the station.
It was while the thug was in detention that a squad of soldiers, apparently influenced by highly placed government officials stormed the Lumley Police Station and tried to forcibly take away the detainee. The Police stood their ground and onlookers around the Lumley area joined in, causing serious commotion there.
Our sources say, an official from State House came to scene and restored sanity. The soldiers left without the detainee whom they wanted to forcibly free.
It would be recalled that such ugly and indecent land grabbing frenzy gripped former officials of the past APC government, causing them to incur the wrath of the public and eventually led to their defeat in the 2018 elections. The same has started surfacing under the current dispensation.
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