Ministerial Order -Police To Check Vehicles Of Ministers’/Gov’t Officials

 

By Aaron Bundu Lahai- Senior PRO

The Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Mr.  Lahai Lawrence Leema has ordered the Sierra Leone Police to check the vehicles of Ministers and other Government officials at check points. “Vehicles belonging to Ministers can be high-jacked by anybody and used to cause problem, the only way to avert that is to stop the vehicle and check whether the Minister is indeed in it; but that can be easily done by identifying the regular Sierra Leone Police personnel assigned to the Minister in the vehicle,” he explained.

Mr. Leema cautioned the police to be professional and ethical in executing this order, noting that Ministers have not been checked in the past by police but the security of the State at present requires for such checks to be introduced in the interest of peace and stability of the State. He assured the police of briefing the Internal Affairs Minister on this order for onward engagement of his colleague Ministers during cabinet sitting for compliance and support.

The Minister gave the order during a visit to the northern regional cities of Makeni and Port Loko as well as the two Police Divisions in Lungi, Kaffu Bulum Chiefdom.

 

The Minister who was in the north to familiarize himself with the Police urged them to heighten vigilance, allayed fear of dismissal, assessment of security situation as he assured them of his ministry’s support. He said, “fear factor” because of change of Government, can lead to laissez-faire attitude with people not committed to work. He informed the police of the confidence of President Julius Maada Bio and Government to ensure every police officer is treated fairly and justly, adding that he and the Minister will equally do everything possible to make sure the least General Duty Police is given the rights he/she deserves.

“The Sierra Leone Police is a national Force meant to discharge national service by dispelling disorders and control of breakdown of law in the country,” Minister Leema stated but cautioned the police not to be sentimental, judgmental and unprofessional but to be neutral and ethical which, he said, are core pillars for professionalism. In addition, he told them to be sincere, committed and loyal to the Government which is given the mandate by the people to administer the affairs of the State.

“You need to heighten vigilance and monitoring in your operational areas, be inquisitive by asking questions to know the rationale behind every gathering that is not to your knowledge; this is to ensure peace and stability in the country” he said.