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Senior military personnel demised!

September 27, 2019

BY Frederick V Kanneh

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has yesterday informed pressmen that an administrative action has been taken against seven military personnel, who permitted the escape of Captain Patrick Edwin Kamara from the Military Custodial Centre at the Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown.

In his statement, Staff Officer Grade 2, attached to the Defence Public Relations Unit, Major Yayah Brima, informed the media eight military personnel were arrested and that following investigations, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) found out that seven out of the eight arrested, were liable for the offence except RSLAF 18169779 Sergeant Turker, who was exonerated for lack of evidence.

He further stated that in a report dated 12 June, 2019, and addressed to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice, the CID stated that while RSLAF 1818004 sergeant Sidia Turay facilitated the escape of Captain Kamara, Major TH Sandy (SL 1068) and Major SN Luseni (SL1172) contributed in a large measure to the alleged escape of the captain by failing to ensure that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) at the Custodial Centre was strictly adhered to.

Consequently, Major Brima noted that in a legal advice dated 2nd July, 2019, the DPP directed the RSLAF authorities to institute disciplinary actions against the military personnel in line with the RSLAF Regulations and Code of Conduct.

“In accordance with the RSLAF Misconduct Policy, appropriate disciplinary actions were taken against the seven personnel. Corporal Amara and Ishmail Simbo were awarded twenty-eight days imprisonment with hard labour and posted out of JPU, Major TH Sandy recommended for compulsory retirement subject to Defence Council approval, Sergeant Sidia Turay recommended for compulsory discharged, Major SN Lusine awarded two years forfeiture of seniority and posted out of JPU, staff sergeant William Kamara demoted to the rank of corporal and posted out of JPU, while  Lance Corporal Tamba Temgbeh was exonerated for lack of evidence,” explained.

In another development, MOD/RSLAF also briefed the media about the outcome of the investigations into the alleged stolen baby at the 34 Military Hospital, which according to Major Brima, the Director of Public Prosecution has recently proffered a legal opinion on the matter, stating that the allegation could not be charged to court for lack of evidence.

Newsmen were also informed that 52 RSLAF personnel were currently deployed in 15 peacekeeping missions around the world as staff officers and military observers in 10 different AU and UN missions, adding that 15 are female officers, which represented a total of 26.3% of RSLAF female participation in the various peace support operations in the world.

Also, the MOD/RSLAF informed the pressers of its plan to establish a new infantry brigade in the Eastern Region, adding that the new brigade headquarters will be located in Kenema with a component of three infantry battalions which will be deployed to operationally cover Kenema, Kailahun and Kono Districts.

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