A beach bar on Lumley beach road – Photo credit: IKD
Dozens of Sierra Leoneans across the country have accused the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) of aiding and pampering defaulters violating COVID-19 regulations pronounced by health workers and the government, especially those on social distancing.
A Clergy, Apostle Ibrahim Suma who spoke to this press last evening said he was disappointed after driving through the Kingston-Upon-Hull Highway (Lumley Beach Road) and the Levuma Beach on Peninsular Road in Freetown and saw pubs, bar and restaurants chocked and over-chocked with people (enjoyers) dancing and dinning with no observance of social distances or face masking.
More disappointingly, the Clergy went on, was to see dozens of police officers with no face masks standing-by and providing security for the unprotected enjoyers.
“I was shocked to see the police who are supposed to be enforcing COVID-19 regulations to ensure people are well masked up and observe social distance, providing security for violators in these entertainment places with impunity.” Apostle Suma stated.
He accused the hierarchy of the police of undermining the fight against COVID in Sierra Leone by pampering violators.
Responding to the accusation when contacted, the Deputy Head of Media at the Sierra Leone Police, Assistant Superintendent Police Samuel Saio Conteh denied knowledge of police personnel providing any kind of aid to defaulters in clubs along the beaches.
However, he said the police have always raided these entertainment spots and dispersing gatherings. He assured police commitment to ensuring the public’s compliance to all COVID-19 regulations as stipulated by health authorities.
This medium will continue to monitor developments with plans to engage commanders of the Lumley and Aberdeen Police Divisions.