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34 Police Officers Dismissed
Reports monitored from local tabloids have intimated that 34 police officers were dismissed, 23 suspended and 94 received letters of warning from complainants, made against them by members of the public. Director of Complaints Discipline and Internal Investigation Department (CDIID) Superintendent Fode Umaru Daboh is reported as saying that from January to December 2008, they received a total of 176 complaints from the public, adding that complaints were vigorously investigated before actions were taken. He said 21 officers were struck off for absenting themselves from work.
British’s Luxury Cruise Ship Arrives Today
Reports have it that an indigenous Sierra Leonean tourism company called KTI Express Travel and Tours, will be hosting the 400 passenger cruise ship, M/S Saga Ruby, which is scheduled to arrive at the Queen Elizabeth Quay today. The ship set sail from South Hampton on an African Odyssey Voyage with thirty (30) ports of call in all. Sierra Leone is reportedly the second stop in West Africa after Senegal. The ship is expected to arrive in Freetown at 08:00 hours and will depart at 18:00 hours.
Police Generate 28 Million Leones
Reports have it that the Ross Road Police Station generated the sum of twenty eight million, eight hundred and forty five thousand leones for the government in the year 2008. According to reports, the operations unit of the division has been very robust and effective in recent years. Reports say they were able to arrest 940 criminals for various crimes, with 786 charged to court. The crime unit of the division reportedly received and recorded 5,754 reports and investigated 3, 349.
IMF Discovers Mixed Macroeconomic Performance
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) report ending the year 2008 found out that Sierra Leone’s macroeconomic performance was mixed, local tabloids say. The report was quoted as revealing that output growth reached 6.4 percent in 2007, led by solid agricultural, mining production and buoyant activity in the construction and services sectors but inflation reverted to double digits in 2007 and went up significantly in 2008, rising to 17 percent.
4 Caught Making Love in a Mosque
Local tabloids have intimated of the arrest of four (4) teenage girls, who were reportedly caught pants down in a mosque situated at Blackhall Road, east of Freetown, while treating their male counterparts in a love spree. The male perpetrators reportedly took to their heels and are yet to be located, as even the arrested girls refused disclosing the identities.
Principal Raises Concern on Early Marriages Among Pupils
The Principal of Wesley Secondary School, Segbwema in the Kailahun District, Rev. Lissa Koroma is reported to have raised concern over the increase in the number of pupils that are matrimonially engaged. He said these pupils are not regular in school as they seemingly prefer matrimonial assignments to education. He said the school used to perform exceptionally well when the occurrence of such issue was rare. He however called on the board of the school to critically look into the issue.
Murder in Mashimra Chiefdom
One Pa Abu Kamara is alleged to have been recently murdered by unidentified youths at Matampcana village in the Mashimra Chiefdom. The village chief, Osman Conteh and seven other residents are said to have been arrested and are currently helping the police with investigation. The deceased was said to have been invited in the village in question by a friend to spend the Christmas holiday. The remains was reportedly found in his friend’s room.
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