April 20, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
Director of Community Relations at the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Chris Charlie, has vowed to take ‘drastic action’ against Assistant Superintendent Marie Jalloh, traffic officer-in-charge of Lumley, for impertinent behaviour towards civilians.
Speaking to Concord Times in an exclusive interview at his police headquarters office on Friday, 17 April, AIG Charlie said, “I have received a complaint from an eyewitness who was at the scene and also one of the passengers in the taxi, Sabiatu Mansaray, a student of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, that the incident happened on Thursday, 16 April, 2015 in the early hours around 8am. They were in the taxi when ASP Marie Jalloh asked the driver to put them down and order the driver to take her children to school.”
The female police officer is reported to have forced passengers to disembark a taxi they had boarded in the morning rush hours in order to take her kids to school. She also reportedly ordered the arrest of a male passenger who refused to leave the taxi and told her subordinates to charge the passenger to court for assault.
According to AIG Charlie, the action of ASP Jalloh was a big disgrace to the police force.
“I am going to deal with her on Monday for punishing ordinary citizens without any reason. These are the type of police officers that are putting the name of the police force in the wrong book,” he said and added: “I wish I could have police officers of my type in the force that will handle ordinary people’s issues seriously when I will be retired in few months.”
He said some police officers forget they have a sacred responsibility to protect the rights of the people and that they belong to a ‘Force for Good’.
“I have called the Head of Traffic, Supt. Ambrose Sovula, to inform the traffic police officer to meet me in my office on Monday and I am going to take serious action against her,” said AIG Charlie.
Concord Times tried to reach ASP Marie Jalloh for comments, but to no avail.