Makeni, SIERRA LEONE – The Sierra Leone Police, supported by the Military, established a checkpoint on Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma Avenue, the primary entrance to the former president’s premises in Makeni.
This unexpected action has stirred curiosity among residents and visitors in the northern regional city, prompting questions about its purpose.
In response to inquiries by Awoko Newspaper, the Regional spokesperson for the Sierra Leone Police in the northeast, Sergeant John Abass Kamara, elucidated on the checkpoint’s purpose. He clarified that the installation was part of a rapid response strategy aimed at ensuring citizens’ safety and security.
“Our collaboration with the military aims to locate wanted individuals linked to the failed attempted coup on November 26,” stated Sergeant Kamara, emphasizing the joint efforts of key security forces in this operation.
While reassuring the public, particularly Makeni residents, Sergeant Kamara urged cooperation with the police in apprehending the suspects while continuing with daily activities.
Reports from locals passing through Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma Avenue revealed that identification checks and bag searches were conducted by authorities. However, no suspects have been captured yet, and the police have not specified the duration of the checkpoint’s presence.