160 Salone Police Arrive in War-Torn Somalia

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The first batch of 160 personnel out of four hundred seventy-five Sierra Leone police officers have arrived safely in Somalia for peace missions.

The team was divided into two groups with the first team of 160 having departed on the 6th September 2020 and upon arrival, will be quarantined for 14 days before commencing operations. The second group will depart on 30th September, 2020.

Before their departure, the Minister of Internal Affairs, David Panda-Noah addressed and examined one hundred and sixty trained Police personnel before they were deployed for a peace mission in Somalia. The event took place at the Police Headquarter, George Street in Freetown.

He encouraged the eligible police officers to take advantage of the opportunity to make those trouble zones safe and peaceful. The Minister said discipline is the only way that society can survive and be cohesive. Panda Noah admonished the officers to adhere to the rule of discipline.

He entreated the authorities to enforce the rule and punish defaulters stating that the government has signed various treaties and conventions as part of its international obligation.

The Internal Affairs Minister reminded the officers that they are going to a terrible zone that requires good security forces. 

“The New Direction government under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio will ensure all your needs are provided for your safety in Somalia,” he assured.

Inspector-General of Police (IG), Ambrose Sovula, in his brief statement encouraged the officers to go as ambassadors and be change agents. He noted that a team player must be each other’s keeper. The IG also revealed that a team from the United Nations was part of the selection process and certified them fit for deployment.