By Alusine Sesay & Kerifallah Janneh
As part of its robust security strategy in dealing with the threat posed by the Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab, of attacking the country, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has fortified all public installations and buildings, including Youyi building, with modern security gadgets to detect any subversive movements.
Officer-in-charge of security at the Youyi building, Assistant Superintendent of Police Abu Bakarr Kallon, told Concord Times that the equipment were bought from a Chinese contractor and that some 100 police personnel have been trained on how to use them.
After the Al-Shabaab threat, he said President Koroma summoned the Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, to review the current security strategy of the SLP and to put in place robust mechanisms that would ensure the protection of all public buildings and installations from any terrorist attack. He said they had an Executive Management Board (EMB) meeting where they decided on using modern security equipment to deal with any potential terrorist threat to the country.
ASP Kallon said the security equipment are in three categories: a baggage scanner, hand-held metal detectors, and the work-through scanner, which is used to scan individuals entering Youyi building.
“The equipment are sophisticated enough to detect any explosive that may be carried by a terrorist,” he said.
Meanwhile, all vehicles entering Youyi building are thoroughly scanned with those of ministers and other senior civil servants not being exception.
“We are making sure that we thoroughly search everybody, including ministers, that enter this building,” he said. “We would ensure that only people that have business to do here enter this building.”