From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

SLPP Leader Charged to Court
By Abdul Karim Kabia
Mar 16, 2010, 06:49

Reports monitored from the northern district of Port Loko indicate that the Port Loko Young Generation Leader of the main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), who also doubles as the party’s Greenland Chairman, Mr. Bai Sheka Wurie, has been charged to court. SLPP’s Bai Sheka Wurie was arrested and detained on Saturday 13th March 2010 over allegations of attacking the residence of the Port Loko District Chairman, Muniru Fofana. He was only released on court bail to Mr. Rhoda Bangura, Manager Radio Bankasoka, on the evening of Sunday14th March 2010.

Police sources at the Port Loko Police Division have confirmed that the SLPP Leader was charged to court on charges ranging from conspiracy, malicious damage, riotous conduct, abusive languages, to threatening remarks.

The police also ordered that SLPP’s Wurie must report to the police station every morning and must inform the police whenever he wants to travel both within and outside the country.

On the Afternoon of Monday 15th January 2010, scores of youths in the district, consisting of APC and non partisan youths, assembled and moved to the Administrative Building of the Council, in order to meet with Muniru Fofana and explore the possibility of settling the matter out of court.

Members and youths of the SLPP kicked against the move and never participated in the meeting, on grounds that Bai Sheka Wurie was not even in Port Loko when the incident happened and have no case to answer.

At the meeting, the Port Loko District Council Chairman, Muniru Fofana insisted that the youths must make an open apology to him, if only the matter is to be settled out of court.

A meeting at the Court Barray has already been scheduled between the youths and the Local Council Chairman to be held on Friday 19th March 2010.

Meanwhile, several people in the district have insisted that the whole brouhaha is a ploy to intimidate the SLPP Leader as a result of his moves in popularizing the SLPP in the north.

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