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Soldiers, Police Officers at Peace with Each Other in Sierra Leone
By Salieu Kamara
Sep 25, 2009, 17:34
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The Head of the Sierra Leone Police and the Head of the countrys Armed Forces, have, in a display of solidarity, yesterday Thursday September 24th 2009, teamed up to pay a Joint Visit to an assaulted soldier Hassan Bendu currently admitted at the 34 Military Hospital at Wilberforce.

Inspector General of Police Brima Acha Kamara and his Army counterpart, Major General A.C. Nelson Williams spoke to journalists after they paid the visit during which they assured that both the Sierra Leone Police and their Military counterparts had no bad blood between them.

Army Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Nelson Williams

The two Security Chiefs repeatedly spoke words in the local Creole parlance to the effect of Soja en Police nor get case wit densef [TRANSLATED: Soldiers and Police Officers do not have issues with each other].

According to Major General Nelson Williams, the two national security institutions had long ago signed a Memorandum of Understanding to the effect that they will work together in effecting national security and maintaining law and order. He said the content of the MOU was regularly disseminated not only at the Brigade Command levels but also at the Battalion and Company levels as well. He assured that the Army and Police were currently jointly investigating the disturbances at Waterloo and Lumpa that led to soldiers allegedly leading attacks on the Police Stations in the two localities during which jailed suspects were set free from cells and serious damage was occasioned on the police buildings.

Police Council Chairman, VP Sam Sumana

Accordingly, the Police Chief for his own part, assured that the Joint Visit was a "show of solidarity" at the highest levels of the two instructions which he explained was going to be replicated down to the lowest levels.

Meanwhile, one of the Military doctors, Dr. Paul Nabieu explained to journalists that Private Hassan Bendu was slowly recovering from his injuries.

It will be recalled that bike riders in Waterloo recently arrested and mercilessly thrash a military officer on grounds that the latter stole one of their bikes. This situation resulted in a deadly encounter amongst soldiers, bike riders and police officers.

The incident that occurred in Waterloo and Lumpa created pandemonium in the vicinities and people were running helter skelter for their lives.

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