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In Sierra Leone, AFRC Patterns Replicated in Waterloo and Lumpa asÖSojas Free Prisoners from Police Cells
By Augustine Samba
Sep 23, 2009, 17:20
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The Local Unit Commander (LUC) in Waterloo has disclosed that military personnel have launched deadly attacks on the Waterloo and Lumpa Police stations respectively.

Superintendent A.M Kamara disclosed at the weekly police press briefing that the attacks launched in the evening hours of Monday 21st September 2009 resulted in the breaking open of the Lumpa Prison and damaging of the Waterloo Police Station.

Johnny Paul Koroma was released from prison to head the AFRC Junta

Many citizens have however, expressed fear over this incident that reminisced the AFRC junta prison break, more so when it happened at a time when the dust is yet to settle in the Lungi ĎPolice Shot to Killí incident that claimed at least three lives.

According to the LUC, serious injuries were inflicted on a police officer at the Lumpa Station, adding that the attackers would have wrecked more havoc on the main Waterloo Police Station, had it not been for the stiff resistance of the OSD personnel present at the time.

Explaining the origin of the fracas, Superintendent Kamara told newsmen on Tuesday 22nd September 2009 that a military officer was arrested on Sunday 19th September 2009, by commercial motor riders (Okada Rider) and brought to the Police Station, after inflicting wounds on him, being the aftermath of a merciless beating.

"The Okada Riders who proceeded to tie up the arrested soldier alleged that the latter was caught with a stolen motorbike belonging to one of their colleagues, Michael Blango" the LUC said.

He added that: "The civilian claded soldier, who on several instances refused to disclose his identity to the police, was later identified as a member of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) attached at the Benguma Military Barracks known as Hassan Bendu".

The LUC furthered that in the wake of the aforesaid development, the police had to contact the military Second-In-Command in Benguma, Colonel Jah Tucker.

According to Superintendent Kamara, the arrested soldier, who was in dire need of medical attention, was released to the colonel, on the arrival of the latter at the police station.

The LUC explained that a report of an Okada Rider who suffered merciless beating from soldiers in Benguma later that day was recorded at the Police Station.

"Later, we received an intelligence that the soldiers were not happy over the way their colleague was manhandled and were, in that regard, planning to attack the Police Station and the bike riders," the LUC told journalists, adding that: "We wasted not time in informing Colonel Tucker about the occurrence. Though he described the report as unsubstantiated rumours, Colonel Tucker deployed some military personnel at the Police Station to assist the police in manning the station in an instance of any eventuality."

The LUC went on that an unusual noise erupted at the Station of the Bike Riders at around 8:00pm, adding that before the reality of the noise could be ascertained, stones were already landing on the Waterloo Police Station coming from all corners. He added that the continuous pelting of stones at the Police Station resulted in damaging several parts of the building, including glass windows.

The attack, according to the LUC, was later replicated at the Lumpa Police Station, but in a more deadly manner.


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