Ban on Secret Society, Masquerade Continues

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June 13, 2018

 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

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Inspector General of Police Dr. Richard Moigbe

The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) have in a public notice released on Tuesday stated that the ban on secret society and masquerade activities across the country was still in place.

Reading a public notice signed by the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Richard Moigbe, Head of Media and Public Relations, Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Samura, said the decision of the National Security Council (NSC), headed by the President, to put a ban on all secret societies and masquerade activities, including jogging, was still in force as a result of related security threats in the country.

Former Inspector General of Police Francis Alieu Munu on 27th July 2017 placed a ban on all masquerade activities and group jogging for security reasons and to ensure order and public safety across the country.

“The Sierra Leone Police wishes to remind the general public of the decision of the National Security Council (NSC) headed by his Excellency the President to put a ban on all secret society and masquerade activities including jogging as a result of their related security threats,” said the statement.

He said the directive would be implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Sierra Leone Police.

 “All police commanders across the country are under firm instructions to enforce this moratorium on secret society and masquerade activities including jogging nation-wide,” said Supt. Samura.

He urged the general public and interested parties to show understanding in the interest of national security and tranquility.

He said Police headquarters had observed with dismay that people were in the habit of jogging in large numbers along the streets with a hint of menace, raining insults, obstructing traffic, pounding vehicles, playing loud music, and snatching property from other members of the public peacefully going about their personal affairs.