Acting on the instructions of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. William Fayia Sellu, on Friday the 10th day of November 2023, the Local Unit Commander of the Waterloo Police Division, CSP Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Sama, visited Dublin Banana Island, Dublin Ricketts Island, and Dublin Mesmeo Island located on the Atlantic ocean off the coast of Freetown using hired outboard machine boats.
The visit was predicated on “a needs assessment” for the recently deployed Police officers to these islands.
The deployment of Police officers to these islands, the first of its kind in over 80 years was borne out of the unmatched wisdom of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. William Fayia Sellu on the backdrop of a proposed Seaport construction project by Mr. Mohamed Gento Kamara which would create jobs for young men and women and would attract thousand of workers from all parts of the country and elsewhere. Hence, the need for Police presence and visibility.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Sierra Leone Police, Mr. William Fayia Sellu, who dearly cares for the welfare of his personnel provided and deployed a brand new 85 Horsepower speed boat, food items, and other needed logistics to make things easy for the newly deployed personnel to those islands.
The Village Heads of those islands, 58-year-old Madam Veronica Sackey-Svabach and 50-year-old Bamiecolay Allen commended the Inspector-General of Police for the timely deployment of Poluce officers to their communities which, according to them, was the first Police deployment in the history of their islands in their life time.
Inspector Morie Moseray, the Officer Commanding the Dublin Ricketts Police Post hailed the reception given to them by the various stakeholders of the islands but was quick to highlight accommodation, communication, health services, electricity, among other challenges they are facing in their new deployments.
Fishing and Tourism are the two main sources of livelihood for the three islands inhabited by a total of 800 people.
Credit: Media Team, Waterloo Division