On Saturday, May 20, 2023, the Sierra Leone Police in a press release responded to an alleged audio recording attributed to the main opposition APC party. The recording reportedly contains threatening remarks, indicating the possibility of nationwide demonstrations if the Electoral Commission of Sierra Leone does not address the concerns and demands put forward by the All People’s Congress Party.
According to the Sierra Leone Police, they have become aware of the audio circulating on social media, which is attributed to Lansana Dumbuya Esq., the National Secretary General of the APC, and Holland Kashow-Cole, the former Chairman of the APC Western Area Rural District Council.
The police emphasize that the audio includes severe threats of organizing widespread demonstrations if the Electoral Commission does not address the concerns and demands of the All People’s Congress. They consider such threats to be inappropriate and counterproductive, especially during the ongoing election period.
In light of this, the Sierra Leone Police reminds all citizens, including Lansana Dumbuya Esq. and all political parties, of the provisions outlined in Part III of the Public Order Act No. 46 of 1965, which pertain to processions in Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone Police urges all citizens and political parties to address their concerns and grievances through peaceful engagement and the judicial process, rather than resorting to violent threats that could undermine national security.
The Sierra Leone Police reaffirms its unwavering commitment to fulfilling its statutory responsibility of maintaining law and order within the State. Therefore, they call upon everyone to remain calm, peaceful, and continue with their normal lawful activities.
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