The Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) in a press release has issued a stern ultimatum for escaped inmates and those providing them shelter.

The press release highlights ongoing efforts by the SLCS, in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and the community, to locate inmates who escaped from lawful custody on November 26, 2023. While some inmates have been recaptured or voluntarily returned to custody, a significant number remains at large following the breach of the Pademba Road, Male Reintegration, and Female Correctional Centres in Freetown.

The SLCS has declared a grace period extending until March 20, 2024, allowing escaped inmates to surrender voluntarily. Failure to return within this grace period will result in additional sentences, as outlined in the SLCS Act 2014.

The press release emphasizes that aiding or concealing the whereabouts of an escaped inmate is a punishable offense according to the law. Any individual found guilty of such actions will face legal consequences.

The public is urged to cooperate with law enforcement by providing information leading to the arrest of escaped inmates. Reports can be made to any Police Station, the Office of National Security (ONS), any Correctional Centre in the country, or by contacting the SLCS’ Security and Operations Directorate at +23278517508. The SLCS encourages citizens to contribute to the swift resolution of this matter, ensuring the safety and security of the community.