By Julius T. Jaesen II
In the early hours of the morning, it has come to our attention that a group of individuals from the general populace has initiated an incursion upon the Military Barracks at Wilberforce, Freetown, Sierra Leone, near the presidential lodge. This audacious act has resulted in the acquisition of a substantial quantity of ammunition. Furthermore, the aforementioned group has successfully gained control over the Pademba Road Prison Compound, freeing a lot of prisoners as well as taking control of various parts of the capital city.
As we beseech the divine for the establishment of tranquility, we remain cognizant of the enduring consequences that arise from election rigging or gerrymandering. Credible and transparent elections are the only route to legitimate authority in a constitutional democracy. Anything that falls short of credible and transparent elections is unacceptable.
According to our unimpeachable sources, the unidentified attackers have gunned down all the officers at the Pademba Prison Compound and asked prisoners to escape.
Some officers in the armed forces were among the earliest victims of the strikes on the early morning of Sunday, November 26, 2023.
This sad news has been confirmed by President Julius Maada Bio and the Ministry of Information of Sierra. In a Twitter post, President Bio asserts, “Fellow Sierra Leoneans,
I bring you greetings from the Presidential Lodge in Freetown.
In the early hours of this morning, there was a breach of security at the Military Barracks at Wilberforce in Freetown, as some unidentified individuals attacked the military armoury.
However, they were repelled by our gallant Security Forces and calm has been restored.
As the combined team of our Security Forces continue to root out the remnant of the fleeing renegades, a nationwide curfew has been declared and citizens are encouraged to stay indoors.
The PEACE of our beloved NATION is PRICELESS and we shall continue to protect the peace and security of Sierra Leone against the forces that wish to truncate our much-cherished stability.
We remain resolute in our determination to protect democracy in Sierra Leone and I urge all Sierra Leoneans to unite towards this collective responsibility.
Long Live The Republic of Sierra Leone”.
As for his part, the Minister of Information, Chernoh A. Bah wrote below: