Watertight Security! -ONS, SLP Assures


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

Following a press release issued out by the United States Embassy addressing its citizens about the security status in the country, the Office of National Security (ONS) and the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) past Thursday, 6th December 2018 issued a counter statement about the current security situation at a its weekly press conference held at its headquarters on George Street.

In their statement the two institutions the content of the press release issued by the US Embassy,  portrayed a scenario as if there is a total breakdown law and order in the country.

The press release from the US Embassy also stated that the police lack the capacity, resources and training to respond to criminal incidents.

In the ONS Press Release, the scenario painted a distorted picture of the current security situation in Sierra Leone. The release furthered that clarifications have been sought from the America, Embassy which claimed that it is an advisory note and not a warning.

The press release added that it must be noted that during the election periods there were heightened security provisions put in place and the security services were sufficiently trained and resourced to provide security for all residents.

The Press Release concluded that the Sierra Leone Police has primacy for internal security and has over the years been working with the security sector family and has improved considerably.

Sierra Leone has been ranked first in West Africa, third in Africa and thirty fifth in the world in the Global Peace Index survey conducted by the institute for Economics and Peace in 2017.

The release stated that since the inception and transition of a new government adequate security provision has been put in place ensuring that the security sector creates a balance between ensuring civil liberties of individuals and maintaining public order and safety.

The repots clarified that extra security provision has been put in place to ensure that the festive period is amicable. The security sector, the statement furthered, is assuring and re-assuring the public and international community that adequate provision of security is in place for the festive period and individuals are encouraged to go about their normal activities as long as they act within the confines of the law.

The joint press release which was signed by the National Security Coordinator of ONS, Rtd. Brig Gen J.A.O. Jah-Tucker, the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Richard Moigbe, assured that the security sector will always avail itself of its constitutional mandate to provide adequate security for all persons resident within the state of Sierra Leone.