As FUK Daboh Replaces Dr. Al-Sheik Kamara AS DIG… Big Shakeup Awaits Police

 

It has pleased His Excellency, President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio, to appoint Assistant Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Fode U.K. Daboh as the Deputy Inspector General (IG), replacing Dr. Al-Sheik Kamara who was appointed by former President Koroma in November, 2017 as Deputy IG.

Meanwhile, no reason has been given for the replacement of Dr. Al-Sheik Kamara. Speculations are that he may have fallen out with the powers-that-be.

It could be recalled that upon assumption of office, President Bio had categorically pronounced that all public servants who have clocked retirement age must be shown the exit door to give way to younger folks. It is therefore expected that the Executive Management Board of SLP will at any time soon face a major shakeup as many who have reached retirement age will be replaced.

The newly appointed Deputy IG is a Southerner from Wonde Gboyama Chiefdom, Bo district. He attended The Bo Government Secondary School and did his Sixth form at the Government Secondary School in Kenema. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. FUK Daboh, as he is fondly called, also has several post-graduate certificates and diplomas including police management courses in Egypt and the United States of America (USA); and has served in international peacekeeping missions.

Starting off as a cadet officer with the rank of Assistant Superintendent; FUK Daboh served in many divisions across the country, including Lungi police Division in the early days of the war and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Freetown where he performed with distinction. Elevated to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, FUK Daboh served for several years as the Regional Commander of the North-West Division based in Port Loko.

In the recent reshuffles made after President Bio came to power, he was appointed Director of Support Services with offices at Police Headquarters on George Street, Freetown. FUK Daboh has a reputation as a no-nonsense disciplinarian that commands a lot of respect from his men and women because he treats everybody respectfully, fairly and impartially. He is married with children and a devout Muslim.

FUK Daboh becomes the Deputy IG at a time when the police is called upon by the public and security sector stakeholders and observers to rebuild its image as the ‘force-for-good’ it used to be; given the fact that Amnesty International, the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Civil Society and many concerned citizens have pointed fingers at the country’s police force; accusing it with, among other things, unprofessionalism, corruption and most recently by the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA) of attempting to proscribe the free democratic expression.

Many people and groups including the SLBA suggest that the SLP must strike a fine balance between the performance of its constitutional mandate of maintaining and enforcing law and order and that of protecting lives and properties, and that of ensuring that it respects the constitutional rights, liberties and freedom of citizens with regards to public order, arrest, detention, national security and observance of human rights and the rule of law.