Four plain-clothes personnel from the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department in Freetown raided the offices of the Independent Observer newspaper at 29 Rawdon Street on Saturday January 11, 2014 looking out for subversive materials.
The team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kadie Samura carted away one desktop computer, one laptop computer and flash drives belonging to the newspaper.
The paper’s Senior Reporter, Alusine Nfa Turay was arrested and later released after making a statement to Police investigators. Mr. Turay told the Global Times that he was questioned about an article that appeared in the paper’s January 7th, 2014 edition.
He said he was told that a complaint against the paper was made by the Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Kanu. Minister Kanu had bitterly complained about the use of his name in a story that had to do with SALCAB and Internet Service Providers.
The paper’s Managing Editor, Jonathan Leigh was not in the office when the Police investigators raided his office.