Government Reacts to Violent Clashes in Freetown

Minister of Information and Communications

By Amin Kef Sesay

In reaction to violent skirmishes among certain irate youths within the Central Business District of Freetown on 26 January 2020 along ECOWAS and Wallace Johnson Streets resulting to wounding, disruption of traffic flow, theft of personal effects, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Information and Communications issued out a statement.

In the statement the Government pointed out that these acts undermine the efforts it is making to rebrand the country as a favourable destination for foreign direct investment, tourism and business.

It furthered that the Government will therefore spare no effort in ensuring that Sierra Leoneans and all other nationals resident in this country enjoy a peaceful and serene atmosphere in the journey to rebuild the economy and continue to create a society that will cater for the needs of the present and future generations.

It says whilst noting that Peace and Security are essential for stability in governance and provide a nurturing ecosystem for development the Government is encouraging all citizens to remain calm, exercise restraint whilst the Sierra Leone Police continues its investigations.

The statement furthered that the Government is assuring all that it will fully investigate the act of violence and lawlessness and bring to book all perpetrators and their sponsors as the incident constitutes a clear threat to peace and stability in the country.

It ends by stating how Government is encouraging members of the public who have relevant information regarding the incident to direct such information to the Media and Public Relations Unit of the Sierra Leone Police at its headquarters on George Street, Freetown



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