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By Awareness Times News
Aug 18, 2010, 23:42



11 Charged For Riotous Conduct in Lunsar

Report reaching Awareness Times says police have arrested and charged to court eleven youths for riotous conduct and other Public Order related offences at Lunsar in the Port Loko District. The arrest reportedly came following   a-three-day protest by the youths to draw the attention of mining companies to employ indigenes in that area. The unemployed youths are alleged to have accused both London Mining and African Minerals of employing youths who are not indigenes of the district.  The arrest caused them to call off the strike action followed by public apology to the people for disturbing their peace.

Church Group to Empower Students and Youths

Local tabloids say Deeper life Bible Church is planning to host a retreat for students and youths  aimed  at building the spiritual, academic and occupational instincts of Sierra Leonean youths through guidance and counseling. The retreat will take place at the Government Rokel Secondary School in Freetown from the 17th to 21st August 2010. Participants will reportedly be provided with food within the course of the retreat. The church will also replicate similar events in Kenema, Bo, Makeni and Kono as well as Fourah Bay College in September 2010.

HANCI-SL Hosts 120 Teen Mothers in Makeni

It has been revealed that Help a Needy Child International Sierra Leone (HANCI-SL) is currently hosting some 120 teen mothers under the project STREET GIRL which is funded by Comic Relief in England. According to reports, the project started in 2002 aimed at sensitizing young people against violence and the abuse of young girls as well as creating awareness forum that protects them from abuse.  This is as a result of pressure child mothers are facing from their early marriages.

USA to Deport 25 Sierra Leoneans

Reports have alleged that the United States of America for Homeland Security will be deporting 25 Sierra Leoneans soonest. This according to reports was confirmed by the Public Relations Officer Abu Bakarr Kabbah  of the Sierra Leone Immigration Department after a short sojourn in the US to verify the nationality  of 36  immigrants who claimed to be Sierra Leoneans.  After the verification, 25 of the 36 immigrants proved to be Sierra Leoneans while the remaining 11 are nationalities of different countries. The PRO is alleged to have said that the immigrants who had been verified would be deported to Sierra Leone.

German Deputy Head of Mission Visits SLIEPA

The German Deputy Head of Mission to Sierra Leone, Heidi Sedle Czki has reportedly made a familiarization visit to the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) at O.A.U Drive, Tower Hill in Freetown. The main purpose of her visit was to increase her knowledge about SLIEPAs role, mandate and activities as her country is also interested in investment in Sierra Leone.

Mans Eyes Glued in Waterloo

The eyes of one Foday Bangura have reportedly been super glued by some unknown men purporting to be police officers. According to reports, the suspects on last Thursday knocked on the door of Foday at night and persuasively asked him to open. The men forcefully entered the room   and bundled him out beating with sticks before gluing his eyes. Foday is currently in hospital at Waterloo whilst police continue to investigate the matter. Nobody has reportedly been arrested yet.

Business Support for Sierra Leoneans from London

Local tabloids say African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) working in partnership with the International Fund for Agriculture Development (AIFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations will provide business support for about 400 existing businesses in Sierra Leone The project known as Remitplus focuses and creates strong and tangible links between remittances enterprise development,  investment and personal savings. Sierra Leoneans are reported to stand to benefit immensely by getting free business support and better financial guidance.

Teenager Sentenced for Incest


Reports say that an eighteen year old boy has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by Magistrate Bankole Shyllon of Court No 3 for committing incest.  According to reports, it was alleged that on Monday 2nd August 2010 at Power Magazine Kissy, the accused raped a ten-year- old girl knowing the victim to be her biological sister.  According to report, the boy pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of incest contrary to Section 6 of the Prevention of Cruelty against the Child Rights Act of 2007

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