From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, Police Media Boss Blames Savage Square Murder on Cultism
By Aruna Turay
Aug 6, 2010, 17:06

The Head of Media and Communications in the Sierra Leone Police Force, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ibrahim Samura has on Wednesday 4th August, 2010 disclosed that most, if not all of the cliques engaged in cultic, unlawful and harmful practices in the country are being owned and operated by juveniles.

ASP Samura was commenting on the brutal murder of a young boy whose body was discovered in the twilight of the previous day which he attributed to cultism and lawlessness. He lamented over the spate of cultism which he said has become a menace in our society, especially within the city of Freetown. “These practices even though scorned at and banned by the authorities seem to be clandestinely on the increase in our schools, colleges and communities with the tendency to wreck the future of our youngsters as they indulge in drug intakes that engender the perpetration of heinous crimes like brutal killings, rape and other sorts of unlawful practices,” he expressed with concern. He in that regard urged parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders to be very observant of their children’s behavious. “This problem should not be left in the hands of the police alone but demands a concerted approach by every well meaning citizen that wants to see a brighter future of our youngsters,” he implored, adding that the situation is rather complex to be handled by the police particularly when it involves juveniles below the age of prosecution, or who cannot be arrested and put in cells with hardcore criminals.

He said the SLP have done their bit by establishing Anti-Violence Movements in about thirty-five (35) secondary schools in the Western Area, and have also been working closely with various principals of secondary schools in this country to bring this sad development to a halt.  He noted that with community policing, they now expect community stakeholders to be fully involved in working hand in glove with the police to protect lives and properties in their respective areas.

The mysterious death of the teenage boy created unease within the community on Wednesday as police went on vigorous search for suspects, and in the process rounded up many, including Okada riders. All have been reportedly released as investigation continues.

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