Today, a nine-member delegation from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) led by Brigadier General Mactar Diop, Chief of Staff of ECOWAS, conducted a crucial meeting with Sierra Leone’s Inspector General of Police, Mr. William Fayia Sellu, at his office in Freetown.
The purpose of the visit, as stated by Brigadier General Diop, was to assess administrative and logistical requirements for an upcoming mission and to address security concerns following the attempted coup on November 26th, 2023.
IGP Sellu highlighted the challenges faced by the police force, including the August 10, 2022 insurrection and the November 26, 2023 coup attempt. Despite these challenges, he emphasized the successful policing of the June 2023 elections and ongoing efforts to combat cybercrime, illegal mining, and drug trafficking.
Sellu expressed concern over the porous borders but assured cooperation with the military and international partners, such as Guinean security officers, to enhance border security.
Regarding drug enforcement, he highlighted collaboration with SeaCorp and the Transnational Organized Crime Unit (TOCU) to combat drug trafficking.
Sellu concluded by assuring the delegation that despite challenges, Sierra Leone remains relatively calm with normal activities proceeding without hindrance.