June 22, 2021
By Alhaji Haruna Sani
Five police officers who were involved in the Hastings saga that led to the death of one Alpha Kargbo on the 15th of April, 2021, have been dismissed from the Sierra Leone Police, while the shooter has been charged to court for murder.
Kargbo was allegedly shot dead by an officer of the Operational Support Division (OSD) of the Sierra Leone in a private land dispute at Hastings
After the shooting, which was followed by a huge public outcry, the Sierra Leone police issued a statement in which it indicated that four of the officers involved in the alleged incident had been arrested, awaiting investigations for possible prosecution or dismissal.
“The four police officers who were alleged to have been involved in the fatal shooting were also arrested and taken into police custody. The SLP would like the public to know that these officers have since been suspended from duty and placed on administrative and criminal investigations. Management wishes to appeal to the general public, particularly, residents of Hastings village, to remain calm and trust in the SLP to conduct fair and expeditious investigations into the said incident. The public is assured of being regularly updated on the investigations’ progress and subsequent findings upon conclusion,” the statement reads.
The incident also attracted the attention of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, which also conducted investigation into the issue.