By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) yesterday warned that his institution will henceforth vehemently resist any form of interference both by government officials and members of the public in the discharge of their duties.
Francis Alieu Munu’s pronouncement comes in the wake of an address delivered by President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House on Monday January 6 wherein he challenged members of the security sector, the judiciary as well as cabinet ministers and chairmen and mayors of local councils to ensure that law and order is maintained to the letter.
IG Munu told senior officers of the SLP at the Police Officers Mess, Kingtom that it would be difficult to implement the law to the fullest if they lack the independence to carry out their constitutional duties.
“There will be no more unlawful orders from above,” he warned, stressing that no one will be allowed to dictate to the police on what to do. “We will work assiduously towards implementing to the fullest the call of the president [for lawless to be curbed in the society].”
The police chief further warned that anyone caught interfering with the work of the police in the discharge of their duties will be dealt with according to the law, while cautioning senior as well as junior officers to be more active as according to him, some of them are lackadaisical in their work.
In adherence to the president’s call, IG Munu disclosed that a task force will be set up by the SLP to monitor officers in the discharge of their duties, and that no second chance will be offered if any officer is found wanting of indulging in dubious acts.
According to the police boss, President Koroma did acknowledge the strides the SLP has made in the maintenance of law and order in the country but reckoned that there are still challenges to surmount.