From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, FBC students 'camps sign Peace Communique'
By Dauda Koroma
May 26, 2010, 17:14

Ahead of Students' Union election slated for Friday 28th May 2010, a students' intermediary body, 'Students for Democracy' on Tuesday 25th May 2010 brought together the two opposing political camps on campus, the Black and White families to sign a Peace Communique' at the SLBC Studio, New England Ville, making a live television broadcast of the historic ceremony.

The two Presidential Aspirants, Alfred Minkailu Koroma Jr. of White Man Family and Francess Marke of the Black Family iterated their commitment to a violence-free election. The ceremony was witnessed by representatives of concerned citizens, the SLP and media.

Addressing the two camps, Director of Media and Public Relations of the Sierra Leone Police, ASP Ibrahim F. Samura said the rational behind the Peace communique' was to prevent the occurrence of violence in Students Union elections on campus, a compete deviation from those previously marred by violence and acrimony leading to the vandalizing of university structures and facilities, including students' personal effects. He particularly recalled how SU elections in 2008 ignited violence on FBC campus, giving the police extra pressure in trying to save lives and properties. "Students in Universities and other tertiary institutions should be role models in society, expected to set the pace for the younger generation," he implored, adding that as future leaders, they must be champions of Attitudinal and Behavioral change which the President is preaching.

He ended by admonishing students to desist from taking the law into their own hands as according to him, any student caught will face the brute of the law, in addition to losing his/her place in the university.

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