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Chief accuses LUC of releasing ‘state of emergency offenders’

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 By By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba

Paramount Chief of Lower Banta Chiefdom in the Moyamba District, John Jibao Rosell Nyama, has accused the Local Unit Commander (LUC) of the Rutile police division of unilaterally releasing 13 people who had allegedly breached public emergency laws. According to the chief, he handed over 10 vehicles and three motorbikes that were apprehended in Mogboyor village, only to later learn that they have been released by the LUC.

PC Nyama claimed that he arrested the drivers and riders of the 10 vehicles and three motorbikes in the night and informed the LUC about the arrest, adding that he told the LUC to ensure the drivers and riders were investigated and brought to book for disobeying public emergency regulations. The chief therefore called on authorities to investigate the LUC as to why he had released the 13 men.

Reacting to the allegation, LUC Alimamy P. Sesay explained that Chief Nyama had indeed called him to request for 30 police officers to arrest people he said were in breach of public emergency laws, which he immediately obliged to.

He said that his men subsequently arrived on the scene and arrested the men. However, because the vehicle drivers were arrested after 9:00am they decided to release them because they had committed no crime, he said, adding that he later informed the chief as to why he had released the vehicles.

However, Chief Nyama vehemently denied this claim, noting that he was never given any feedback on the matter.

Meanwhile, District Coordinator in the Office of National Security, Abdul Karim Koroma, said they would investigate the matter and try to restore peace between the Paramount Chief and the LUC, as both of them need to work together in the interest of peace and security.

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