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‘Prison Break’! APC calls for independent investigations

By Abu Bakarr Kargbo

Amb. Alhaji Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh, apc National Scribe

 

The All People’s Congress Party (APC) has strongly reacted to the statement made to the public by President Julius Maada Bio. The Opposition party’s release dated Sunday 10th May 2020, signed by its National Secretary General, Amb. Alhaji Dr. Osman Foday Yansaneh stated amongst other things that “The APC Party wishes to make it known that we remain committed to peace and stability in Sierra Leone. We however believe that there can never be genuine peace without justice. We therefore call for peace and justice in Sierra Leone. We therefore insist on an independent investigation into the 29th April, 2020 alleged ‘prison break’ at the Male Correction Centre, Pademba Road, and the unfortunate incidents at Lunsar, Tombo and other areas in a bid to bring to book all those involved in perpetrating violence.”

The opening paragraph of the release stated that “It is with great disappointment that we listened to the speech delivered by his Excellency the President Dr. Julius Maada Bio on the 8TH day of May 2020, bordering on the current security situation in the country. In that statement, the President referred to our Party leadership and membership as “terrorists” and threatened that his government will “hit hard and it will continue to hit even harder until this fight is won”.

Some major issues highlighted by the release stated thus: “we are dismayed that the Party has been wrongly implicated when the President asserted emphatically that: “Evidence emerging from investigations have named known local leaders and members of the APC as being responsible for inciting, planning, financing, mobilizing, and in some cases actively participating in violent terrorist attacks against the people of this country”.

The APC Party wishes to make it known that we are a law abiding Party and since 4th April, 2018 when President Bio was sworn into office, we have kept within the confines of the law and have resisted all forms of provocation and intimidation. APC Party Offices were vandalized country wide, party loyalists brutalized, raped and killed. Many of our members had their houses burnt down and some were forced to seek refuge in strange lands where they continue to languish in misery and squalor. The APC would like to bring to the attention of the international community and the nation that the statement of His Excellency the President of 8th May, 2020 describing the leaders and members of the APC Party as ‘’terrorists’’ could serve as a precursor for lynch mobs to go after peaceful citizens of this country. We therefore call for their assistance in reminding His Excellency the President of his commitment to be a president for all Sierra Leoneans and for the sustenance of the security of the state.” SEE BELOW FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE.

 

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