IG Moigbe Brags

 

By Ibrahim Sahid Kamara

The Inspector General of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Dr. Richard Moigbe has said in a press statement read by the Head of Community Affairs, AIG Kalia Edward Sesay at a press conference held at Police Headquarters that the SLP over the past five years has improved its professionalism through local and international trainings on human rights, Public Order Management, crowd control, safety and security including leadership for effective service delivery.

According to the release, the police boss was responding to the Amnesty International Report launched on Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018 on the conduct of the human rights situation in Sierra Leone for over a decade from 2008 to 2018. He thanked Amnesty International for the report even though they did not accept the entire content of what is contained in it.

Dr. Moigbe said the report mentioned a wide range of human rights violations such as the restriction of peaceful assembly and impunity for excessive use of force by the police. He said the current leadership of the organization has since been seized with the aforesaid concerns and has endeavoured to address the same.

He said the proportionate use of force in public order situation and human rights has been reinforced in their training and that they do accept the recommendations for more training opportunities to be given to the police alongside the provision of equipment and logistics. Regarding the suspension of OSD personnel from UN peacekeeping mission, the SLP boss said there has been significant improvements and achievements in peacekeeping operation globally. He said officers who had been deployed have undergone intense trainings in human rights and that the Formed Police Units (FPU) were inspected and tasted by the African Union prior to its assignment.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Edward Soloku said that the concern of the government is to ensure the safety and security of the people. He said the report done by Amnesty International was an assessment of what happened during the past government. He said some of the recommendations in the report were legitimate whilst others were not. He advised that, next time when they are putting together such a report they should first verify with the authority concerned. The Minister furthered that they have seen lots of progress been made by the police regarding crime control without the excessive use of force. He reiterated the statement of the President statement, when he said any of them that flout the law would be dealt with. He urged citizens to use the right channel whenever they want to demonstrate because, according to him, some demonstrations are spontaneous and can sometimes lead to chaos.