RSLAF Refutes Allegations of Imminent Military Attack in Freetown

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

Colonel Issa Bangura, the Director of Defense Public Relations & Information for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) on Tuesday January 16, 2024, issued a stern warning regarding recent social media posts alleging a planned attack or protest by military officers in the nation’s capital.

The Ministry of Defence and RSLAF categorically deny the authenticity of these messages, which include audio and video content suggesting a planned disturbance on January 17 and 18, 2024. Colonel Bangura emphasized that these claims are not only baseless but also a harmful attempt to spread misinformation and create unnecessary fear among the populace.

“This is a clear-cut case of propaganda aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the RSLAF,” Colonel Bangura stated. “We urge all social media bloggers and platforms to refrain from inciting soldiers and causing public alarm.”

The RSLAF reaffirms its position as a professional entity that adheres to the rule of law and maintains its dedication to its constitutional duties of protecting Sierra Leone and its citizens. The recent social media posts are seen as a deliberate distraction and a misrepresentation of the RSLAF’s commitment to national defense.

The RSLAF also addressed another spurious claim circulating online. The post in question suggested that the RSLAF Presidential Guards and the Operational Support Division (OSD) volunteered for a cleaning exercise in the Central Business District (CBD) on January 17, 2024. The RSLAF confirms that this information is also fraudulent and should be disregarded.

The public is advised to remain calm and continue their daily lives without undue concern. Colonel Bangura assures the nation that the RSLAF will not waver in its mission to serve and protect the country.

For more information or to report any concerns, the public can reach out directly to Colonel Bangura at the provided contact numbers: +23278252625 or +2329299767.

The RSLAF and the Ministry of Defence call for vigilance and responsible sharing of information, reminding citizens to verify news through official channels before dissemination.


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