Former Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, appeared at Magistrate Court No 1 today, where she has been standing trial for almost eight months on charges of disorderly behaviour and obstructing police activities.

Aki-Sawyerr has consistently denied the allegations.

After several months of hearings, the case has been adjourned to 23rd May, when the ruling is expected to be delivered.

In a post shared on social media, with her standing outside the court, Aki-Sawyerr expressed her confidence in the truth prevailing.

“No matter how many investigations, inquiries, and trials I am subjected to, and no matter what is written in pre-meditated reports or given as verdicts, the truth is the truth and it will always stand. It is well,” Aki-Sawyerr said.

Aki-Sawyerr was elected Mayor of Freetown in 2018, becoming the first female mayor of the Sierra Leonean capital. During her tenure, she initiated several projects aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure and living conditions for its residents. She will be contesting in next month’s general elections to retain her position as Mayor of Freetown.

The former mayor’s trial has also been the subject of intense public scrutiny, with many questioning the motives behind the charges. Her supporters have accused the government of targeting her for her political views and her efforts to tackle corruption.

Despite the challenges she has faced, Aki-Sawyerr remains optimistic and committed to fighting for justice.

“I will continue to stand for what is right and just. I will not be intimidated, and I will not be silenced,” she said. “The truth will prevail, and justice will be served.”