On August 25th, 2023, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Mohamed Braima Jah, who serves as the Director of Operations for the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), delivered a strong cautionary message to individuals intending to participate in a protest within the country that hasn’t adhered to the legal processes established by the nation’s laws.
He underscored that the Sierra Leone Police is fully prepared, as always, to safeguard the lives and property of citizens. The police are poised to effectively address any potential protests that may arise.
Speaking at the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Headquarters on George Street in Freetown during a regular police press briefing, AIG Jah made it clear that the SLP would not tolerate any actions that seek to make the country ungovernable.
He referred to the Public Order Act, which stipulates that any plans to protest against the state must be communicated to the police in writing and subsequent approvals given, adding that, it is importance to adhere to the law and the need to prevent any malicious individuals from hijacking a protest for ulterior motives and the police would use their intelligence assets to ensure that protests remain peaceful and in line with the intentions of the organizers.
He called on the general public to remain calm and maintain the peace at all times in the country.