James Thullah Declared Wanted by the Police for Incitement & Riotous Conduct

As Ring Leader…

James Thullah
James Thullah

By Millicent Senava Mannah

In the aftermath of the clashes that took place in Makeni City, Northern Sierra Leone, when violent fracas break out between some irate residents of the city and State security personnel, six young people were reportedly gunned down.

Days after the ugly incident erupted, the solemnity that still engulfs Makeni is indeed very scary as human rights organizations in the country have been frantically calling for an independent inquiry into the incident in order to bring all those responsible to account.

With the catchy phrase of, “Makeni Lives Matters” various stakeholders of the city and within the district have also added their voices calling on the Government to institute an independent Commission of Inquiry and for justice to be meted out impartially.

The whole incident emanated on the 18th July, 2020 when it became noticeable that the standby generator sometimes used to generate electricity for Makeni city was about to be forcefully removed and transferred to the Freetown International Airport in Lungi; an act which some residents, especially young people, deemed as a deliberate ploy to deprive Makeni of its bona fide generator, underscoring that the decision was politically motivated and orchestrated.

Vociferous among the young people was one James Thullah, who happens to be the Youth Leader of the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) Party.

According to eye witnesses it was James who galvanized and coordinated the other young people to physically resist the removal of the Stand-by Generator telling them that they were been sidelined and ostracized by the ruling Government. Makeni, being the stronghold of the main opposition APC Party, it was easy for James Thullah incitement to become infectious gaining widespread currency.

The Police started firing at the marauding and menacing irate youths who were by then advancing, armed with sticks, cutlasses and knives pelting stones on them. It was even alleged that some of the young people were also firing against the security personnel who were only trying to defend themselves. However, the fact remains that at the end of the ugly incident six young people laid dead and some security personnel sustained serious injuries with one said to have been cut with a machete by James Thullah, who was at the forefront of resisting the removal of the generator.

Some arrests were made of those accused of stage managing the protest but it is reported that the ring leader, James Thullah, narrowly escaped Police arrest when he jumped over a window as the raid was getting close on him.

However, up to the time of going to Press, the whereabouts of James Thullah could not be located.

When this medium contacted the Head of Communication of the Sierra Leone Police, Superintendent Brima Kamara, to know what the situation is like now since the incident took place, he categorically stated that they are still looking for the perpetrators for, what he termed as their dastardly act of cowardice to be held accountable for inflicting injuries on Police Officer.

He intimated that they are looking out for James Thullah, Sulaiman Tejan Sesay, Idriss Kamara, Alie Conteh and others, all wanted for riotous conduct.







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