The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has alleged that the Sierra Leone Police have planned to effect the arrest of more of their members.
A release issued by the SLPP on Tuesday, states that a high profile meeting of senior Police officers ended with an agreement to arrest senior opposition members including the party’s Deputy National Chairman and Leader, Dr. Prince Alex Harding.
The allegation follows the arrest by the Police on Independence Day, dozens of SLPP members including the party’s Women’s Leader Madam Lulu Sheriff. Police fired tear gas and live bullets and also beat up opposition supporters to prevent them from masquerading on the street that day with their mask devil. The chaos which follows led to the disruption of the party’s 65th anniversary celebrations.
Madam Lulu Sheriff and three others were granted bail at the Magistrate Court Tuesday almost a week after their arrest and detention.
See press release below
SIERRA LEONE PEOPLE’S PARTY
ONE COUNRY, ONE PEOPLE
PLANNED ARBITRARY ARREST OF SOME SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE MAIN OPPOSITION SIERRA LEONE PEOPLE’S PARTY (SLPP)
Freetown, 3rd May 2016, following the recent Police brutality on the main Opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), which led to the disruption of the Party’s 65th Anniversary celebrations on Wednesday 27th April, 2016, leading to the arrest of dozens of our members including the National Women’s Leader – Mrs. Lulu Lucretia Sheriff, the only high profile National Officer of the Party. The Police, we have learnt are planning to effect more arrest of our members.
The National Secretariat of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party is reliably informed of a high profile meeting of Senior Police Officers, the import of which is to do an arbitrary arrest of some senior members of the main Opposition Party Members, including the Party’s Deputy National Chairman and Leader Dr. Prince A. Harding; the National Treasurer –Madam Martha C. Kanagbo; the Acting Public Relations Officer (PRO)-Rtd. Lt. Lahai Lawrence Leema and many other members of the party.
We would like to draw the attention of the International Community and the Government of Sierra Leone to let the Police understand that they are Public Officers charged with the constitutional responsibility of keeping the peace in the country and therefore should not do anything inconsistent with such mandate.
Long live democracy!
Long live our beloved Sierra Leone!
One Country! One People!
Ambassador Alie Badara Kamara
Acting National Secretary-General-SLPP