In a recent development, the Sierra Leone Police have officially responded to a letter received from a group identifying themselves as the “Disenfranchise Members of the All People’s Congress Party.”
This group, led by a person named Sahr Philip Mani, requested permission to protest against the de-facto All People’s Congress Executive during the Peace Mediation Meeting.
The letter, which was dated October 4, 2023, and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, raised concerns as it did not include a recognized address.
Despite several attempts to contact the purported leader, Sahr Philip Mani, for discussion and clarification, the police were unable to establish communication. Additionally, internal inquiries revealed that the name on the letter was false, and the provided phone number (080681442) remained unanswered.
The Sierra Leone Police have now issued a public statement, clarifying that no permission has been granted to this group or any other to hold protests near the venue of the proposed mediation talks.
They emphasize that any individual or group attempting to disrupt the proceedings through a concealed protest will be in violation of the Public Order Amendment Act, 2020, and will face lawful and justifiable responses from the police.
The public is urged to take this warning seriously and to refrain from any actions that may contravene the law during the upcoming Peace Mediation Meeting.