The Sierra Leone Police, in a media update meeting said it is actively monitoring developments on what they have tagged as an “illegal protest” planned by a group calling itself ‘Concerned Sierra Leoneans’.
Head of CID, Gabriel Tommy told newsmen that posts circulated on social media regarding the planned protest contains threats relating to setting ablaze important state institutions such as the state house, banks, embassies and also killing of police officers assigned to combat the protest.
He said the suspects arrested so far are not linked to any political party, but a group of individuals who do not mean well for the nation.
The CID boss cautioned members of the public not to associate themselves with any of these individuals as the police are well prepared for any individual or group tending to obstruct the peace and stability of the country.
Tommy further pointed out that though the law makes provision for freedom of expression and rights of individuals, it is also worthy to note that there are restrictions to these rights.
Speaking on government’s position on the issue, Imran Sillah from the Strategic Communications Unit in the Ministry of Information and Communications, said government takes the issue with all seriousness and would not relent on ensuring that the country is peaceful and stable.
“Any attempt by unknown people to disturb the stability of the country, government will not take kindly’’ Sillah noted, whiles reassured the public of their safety.
He said it is the responsibility of government to protect its people against any form of aggression or invasion.
Sillah commended the security sector for its efforts which he described as proactive and also calling on them to execute their functions as mandated by law.
Director of Community Affairs at the Sierra Leone Police, AIG Kalia Edward Sesay said despite several calls for the said protestors to engage the police on their intentions, no group or individual has come forward.
Sesay urged the public to contact the Police Toll Free Line (112) in case of any information or further help from the police.
The five people are already in the police custody at the Criminal Investigations Department on further interrogations.