By Ishmael Dumbuya
According to the Head of Media in the Sierra Leone Police, ASP Brima Kamara, police made 200 arrests nationwide on June 13th after an unsuccessful protest called for by a social media influencer, Adebayor.
He explained that the arrests were made in Freetown, Makeni and Bo. He clarified that 86 arrests were made in Freetown, 14 in Makeni, and 100 in Bo
He went on to state that Monday and Tuesday were relatively quiet but at some point in time, a group of people came out in protest with placards in their hands, thereby trying to incite other people to join them in protest.
He cited Waterloo, Calaba Town, Portee, Eastern Police and Akram where people protested and that the police acted swiftly and arrested the culprits and detained.
He further explained that police made sure that a high feasibility policing was provided for business people, pedestrians and drivers.
The police media boss stated that police will be deployed in those areas mentioned till after the elections, noting that those areas are considered high risk areas.
He concluded by re-affirming police commitments to providing a robust security for all Sierra Leoneans, and ensure that culprits are brought on their knees to face the full force of the law. He therefore urged everyone not to panic and go about their normal business.
It could be recalled that last week, Adebayor called for a sit-at-home protest on Monday 11th June, and a street protest on Tuesday 12th June, inciting people on WhatsApp that the EC-SL boss, Mohamed Konneh must resign as well as to release the number of registered voters’ data to the public.