November 10, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
Impeccable sources within the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) have claimed that Inspector General of Police Francis Alieu Munu yesterday threatened to declare their Publicity Secretary Lahai Lawrence Leema wanted if they failed to present him for questioning.
But according to SLPP Secretary General Umaru Napoleon Koroma, he had promised police authorities that he would hand over Leema to the police on Thursday, but unfortunately a truck load of armed police personnel were sent to Port Loko to arrest their party Publicity Secretary.
“We are not in anyway preventing our spokesperson from going to the CID headquarters for questioning because we know there is no case against him but we want to ensure that it is orderly done because the security of our spokesperson is paramount,” he said.
Police are currently looking for Leema over an allegation of assault, a complaint brought against him by the management of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation SLBC.
But the secretary-general condemned the frequent and incessant falsehoods, smears aided and abetted by the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), on the character and personality of their presidential candidate by the APC Southern Region Deputy Publicity Secretary 2, Mr. Franklin Rogers.
“The SLBC has in the past displayed high level of bias against the SLPP as clearly highlighted in the European Union Observer Mission report during the 2012 Elections. We have again started noticing this trend in the present elections cycle by allowing members of the ruling APC to sit in the studios of the SLBC and unjustifiably attacking the personality of our presidential candidate. We also condemn the physical and verbal attacks on our National Publicity Secretary who went to the studios as he had done on many occasions, to ask for a right of reply to the comments made by Franklin Rogers of the APC,” said the party scribe.
He continued that, “While the SLBC has not provided any evidence of the incident on that day, they have however connived with the powers-that-be to issue a warrant of arrest for our NPS instead of allowing the National Executive of the party to present him at the CID for interrogation, where it is alleged that a report has been made against him.”
He said they endorsed the two press releases from the party’s secretariat condemning the act of the Sierra Leone Police – firing live bullets and tear gas canisters into the party headquarters at Wallace Johnson Street, Freetown, on Monday, 6 November – and all other forms of violence perpetrated against the party by the ruling All Peoples Congress.
“The deliberate destruction of our party symbols and posters is condemned and we kindly request that the government take action to ensure that no party symbol is destroyed,” he concluded.