The Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC) in a press release has condemned the attempted coup that occurred on Sunday 26th November 2023 and called for a full and impartial investigation.

The release stated that the incident posed a grave threat to the hard-earned peace in Sierra Leone and undermined the collective effort invested in the recent series of stakeholder conversations and the mediated dialogue of September 18th, 2023.

It continued that in a democratic nation like Sierra Leone, they emphasized the importance of resolving issues through dialogue rather than resorting to violent means, as the use of guns resulting in loss of lives and properties is not only tragic but also a stark departure from the principles of domestic governance.

The also said the November 26th events caused widespread unrest and panic and disrupted the peace that had been genuinely achieved through the active participation and contributions of citizens, political parties, religious and traditional leaders, the government, and development partners, adding that the peace Sierra Leone enjoyed is invaluable, and citizens must jealously guard and preserve it with their lives.

The Peace Commission calls on all citizens to cooperate and work with the authorities, especially the security sectors, to maintain the restored peace as they acknowledge the efforts of the state security forces in swiftly responding to the attempted breach, and they encourage continued collaboration for the safety and well-being of the nation.

Furthermore, the Peace Commission appeals to all citizens to refrain from sharing unverified news, particularly on social media, as such actions have the potential to create undue tensions and panic, serving as a recipe for chaos and social unrest in the country.

The release ended by calling for a full and impartial investigation into the attempted coup plot, ensuring accountability and justice, a steadfast commitment to upholding the rule of law and respecting human rights and open and