Former President Koroma has voluntarily appeared at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Freetown, responding to the Sierra Leone Police’s invitation regarding the failed November 26, 2023 attempted coup.
In adherence to the police summons, the ex-president, who arrived in Freetown yesterday, expressed his cooperation, stating, “I maintain an open mind and stand ready to support the police investigations to the fullest. Let the rule of law reign supreme in our democracy.”
Former President Koroma urged calm, emphasizing the significance of supporting the ongoing police investigation while highlighting the importance of due process in the legal system.
The former president remains steadfast in his commitment to collaborating with the authorities, underscoring his dedication to upholding democratic principles and the rule of law.
The attempted coup, which took place on November 26, 2023, involved gunmen attacking a military barracks, a prison, and other locations, resulting in the release of approximately 2,200 inmates and the tragic loss of more than 20 lives.
The government attributed the failed coup mostly to the former president’s bodyguards, a claim he condemned in a statement shortly after the attacks.
As the investigation unfolds, 71 individuals, including 45 military officers, seven police officers, and 13 civilians, have been arrested, according to information minister Bah.