From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Police Arrest Dozens of Misguided Youths
By Aruna Turay
Nov 18, 2010, 17:28

Police on Tuesday 16th November, 2010 arrested and detained over twenty-five youths from various locations across the city of Freetown, it has emerged. The young people were nabbed for attempting to disrupt the peaceful celebrations of the Eastend Paddle masquerade, and other mask devil shows, which were organized to mark the Muslim Eid-ul-Adha (Dunkay Sally) holiday.

This was confirmed by the Head of Police Media and Communications ASP Ibrahim Samura, who said the arrested suspects are presently helping the police with their investigations.

According to him, the police gave official clearance to eight different masked devil groups that applied to rally on the streets of Freetown. “Following the granting of police clearances, we put in place proactive measures to ensure adequate police presence all over the city,” Samura said. He said it was as a result that the police were able to identify miscreants of various ‘clicks’ and ‘cult societies’ trying to breach the peace. “Most of those arrested were in possession of offensive and dangerous weapons such as knives, machetes and bottles,” the police boss explained, adding that others were arrested for crimes ranging from riotous conduct and common larceny.

He on the whole however, describing the celebration as generally peaceful and successful. He used the forum as an opportunity to issue insist on cultic clubs and other dangerous cliques to refrain from conducts with the possibility of reversing peace in the country.



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