Police Allay Public Fear over Press Release

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July 25, 2018 

By Binta Njie Jatta

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AIG Edward Kalia Sesay

Director of Community Affairs, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Edward Kalia Sesay, has allayed the fears of the public that their press release dated 20th July was not meant to intimidate or target any individual or group, but simply asking the press to desist from making misleading, disrespectful and inciting statements as well as research and cross-check reports and information.

Addressing the press yesterday at police headquarters on George Street in Freetown, AIG Sesay however insisted that the media should operate within the confines of the law.

He noted that they were fair and neutral in their operations and do uphold human rights, albeit conscious of the fact that inasmuch as the media has freedom of expression, the latter have to responsibly observe those rights to avoid infringing on the rights of others.

In addition, police media boss, Supreintendent Brima Kamara, said: “Nobody is threatened because we are colleagues and every good citizen is a police and has right to arrest and hand over to the nearest constable, but the law must stand supreme as far as the rule of law is concerned.”

Meanwhile, the police also updated the press on issues that have been making the news, including Mohammed Kamarainba Mansaray’s invitation to the police and his subsequent release, the death of Albert Madison Bio, who was allegedly assaulted on 14th July by some members of the Klymax Club of Fourah Bay College, and the arrest of Chinese illegal miners in Tonkolili district.

According to the police, five of the Chinese have been referred to the Criminal Investigations Department in Freetown for investigation because there was no substantial evidence against them.

Kalia Sesay disclosed that two Turks and five locals who were arrested for illegal gold mining have been fined US$2000 each or serve two years imprisonment.

In the area of timber logging, the police said that they sensitise and involve communities in the fight against deforestation, and warned against continuation of such activities.
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