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Awareness Times News Briefs from Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times News
Feb 23, 2009, 00:08
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Criminals Challenge Police Action

Reports have disclosed that despite regular police robust night patrols in and around the Freetown Municipality, criminals are still terrorizing the lives of the people. What has emerged clear, according to reports, is that the activities of criminals, especially armed gangs, seem to have outpaced police action, thereby leaving the people at the mercy of miscreants who are ready to kill at the slightest opportunity. The latest information is that the criminals have now turned their attention to areas like Berry Street, Leicester Road, Sorie Town and Sumaila Town, where they know police presence is virtually absent. According to reports, residents of these communities are constantly terrorized by a group of criminals calling themselves Black Snake. Another criminal gang in the area is called D. Block. Although there are unconfirmed reports that some of the criminals have been nabbed by the police, yet there is much more to be done as the ring leaders are still around and active.

Fire Disaster at Campbell Street

A house located at No. 27 Campbell Street in Freetown, has been gutted down by fire, reports state. According to reports, the incident took place at about 3:00am on Thursday February 19, 2009, when its occupants were fast asleep. The incident is said to have severely affected an old woman, Madam Doris Cowan and other inmates, all of whom are reported to have lost properties worth over Le20 million. The distressed victims are appealing to government and other well meaning organizations or individuals to come to their rescue.

Comium to Sponsor Salone Premier League

Comium Sierra Leone Limited, one of the mobile telecommunication companies operating in the country, has reached an agreement with the football authorities for sponsoring the Sierra Leone Premier League Football Competition. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Premiership Board, Derocimy Thomas, has reportedly said that he will soon inform senior officials and members of the fourteen premiership clubs about the new development as there is not much time left for the competition. Reports say the clubs would have started the competition last year, but did not because of lack of funds and proper structures.

City Council Demolishes illegal structures

The Freetown City Council (FCC) has continued the demolition of illegal structures erected by traders along prohibited areas within the central business district of Freetown. This action was taken in order to remind stubborn traders who are still reconstructing structures that have been demolished by the council. Reports from the council say those involved in putting up structures that have been demolished will face the full force of the law. The move currently being taken by the council is aimed at reducing the influx of traders in the streets and at the same time ensuring free flow of vehicular and human traffic.

JHR Ends 4th Community Media Forum

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) has held its 4th Community Media Forum at the British Council Hall in Freetown, with the theme "The relationship between the news media and local/international non governmental organizations". According to reports, the main thrust of the forum was to enhance cooperation between journalists and NGOs. During the forum, NGOs highlighted what they would like journalists to report on regarding their activities, while journalists too had the opportunity of explaining how their jobs could be facilitated.

Paramount Chief Blasts Civil Society, Human Rights Organizations

The Paramount Chief of Nongowa Chiefdom, Kenema District, PC Amara Vangahun IV, has frowned at civil society and human rights organizations, for lobbying with parliament to enact a law that will repeal the traditional and cultural values of Sierra Leone. He said the enactment of the Gender and Child Rights Act has given cause to women and children to disrespect their husbands and elders. He also frowned at calls by some civil society and human rights groups for the banning of FGM in the country, saying this undermines the sanctity of our customs and traditions. He appealed to the government to treat the matter of FGM with great caution.

Swam Field Workers Protest in Kono

Employees of Swam Field Mining Company operating in the diamondiferous district of Kono have embarked on a strike action to register their frustration and disgust over the non payment of their salaries for five months consecutively. Reports say the company is without enough resources to run its operations, and has therefore been told by local authorities in the district to stop operations with immediate effect. Reports say the youths have vowed to go on the rampage if their backlog salaries which they have worked so hard for, are not paid in record time.

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