Civilians among military personnel arrested

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A reliable source at the Ministry of Defense has disclosed to Concord Times that some civilians were among the military personnel arrested for an alleged attempt to disturb the peace and security of the country.

Although the source could not disclose the number of civilians and military personnel that were arrested, he noted that the Military is conducting a joint investigation with the police and that the outcome will rightly be disclosed to the public.

It could be recalled that, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Brima Jah, who doubles as Director of Operations, on Monday, 31st July, informed journalists about the arrest of several senior military personnel suspected of allegedly working to undermine the peace of the country.

He couldn’t either disclose the names of the personnel or the number of arrest made. He also couldn’t disclose whether civilians were involved.

He said the arrest was made based on intelligence by the security on the activities of certain individuals, including senior military officers, working to undermine the peace and tranquillity of the state and unleash violence on peaceful citizens.

“Preliminary investigations have revealed that these individuals planned to use purported peaceful protests between 7th to 10th August 2023, as a guise to unleash violent attacks against state institutions and peaceful citizens. The security sector notes with dismay, that despite continued efforts to consolidate our hard won peace and democratic gains, there are individuals at home and abroad that continue to undertake actions meant to derail the peace and tranquility of the country,” he said.

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