As Police Crackdown On Criminals… Entertainment Centres In Trouble

An official letter from the Assistance Inspector General of Police for Freetown East, Memunatu Konteh Jalloh has ordered the closure of all entertainment centres in the East of the capital at 11:00pm.

According to the letter dated 15th August, 2016, AIG Konteh Jalloh ordered that the official hours for closing for Saloon and Bars as enshrined in Section 27 of Cap 288 of the Liquor Licensing Ordinance is 11:00pm.

The letter informed owners of entertainment centers about series of anti-social behaviors and criminal activities within and around their entertainment centers for which the police has been receiving complaints of intimidation, robbery, playing of loud music late night and by so doing, disturbing the peace and tranquility of residents.

It added that entertainment sports have become a rendezvous for criminals and also source of disturbance for unsuspecting neigbours.

“In order to guarantee the peace, safety and security of all the citizenry, the SLP will like you to observe and adhere to the law with reference to Cap 238 section 27,” the letter stated, adding that it was unlawful for any person or group of persons to play loud music or noisy instrument or sing or make any loud noise after 10:00pm in the communities to the annoyance or disturbance of others; referring to Section 13 of the Public Order Act of 1965.

Owners of the entertainment centres, have however viewed the closure of their centers at 10:00pm as a move that will impede on the economic recovery of the country after the devastating Ebola outbreak that wrecked their businesses.

The President, they said acceded to their cry and got them back on track when the virus subsided in late 2015 by lifting the restrictions. They therefore viewed the move as undermining the government’s post Ebola economic recovery drive.

They urged the police to increase on its night security patrols instead closing entertainment centres.