19 arrested and charged to court
OCTOBER 2, 2014
Nineteen youths from three communities in Freetown have been arrested and charged to court following an alleged attack on military and police personnel, a release from Defence Headquarters says.
According to the release, in the early hours of Sunday, September 28, an unspecified number of youths at Ogu Farm, Angola Town and New Jersey allegedly mounted road blocks between Adonkia and Lakka along the Peninsular Road and “impounded several vehicles with the intention to set them ablaze”.
“The riotous conduct of the youths followed an alleged delay by the burial team in collecting a corpse in their locality. Armed with bottles, knives and other missiles, the youths moved towards the EVD treatment centre at Lakka in order to vandalize it,” the release, issued yesterday, stated.
“A team of military and police personnel initially moved to the scene to restrain the rioters. However, the youths pelted stones at the military and police team and inflicted injuries on two military and police personnel. The rioters also damaged some impounded vehicles including the command vehicle of the Commanding Officer of 5 Battalion in Freetown, Lieutenant Colonel Sheku Saquee.
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However, the Emergency Response team of the military swiftly rushed to the incident area and arrested 19 rioters, including some four alleged ring leaders, the release said, adding that the rescue team also rushed to Lakka and prevented the youths from causing damage to the EVD treatment centre.