The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) North – AIG Ambrose Michael Suvula has informed Sierra Leoneans through a radio interview at the state broadcaster SLBC that the withdrawal of security details of former President Koroma was a normal routine in the police force and nothing inimical to jeopardise the security of the former president.
He said both the Brigade Commander and the AIG informed the former President that while the state would not impose on him any security personnel that he did not approve of, their instructions were to withdraw the security detail currently attached to him contrary to Part III – Miscellaneous Retiring Benefits (13 -22) of The Pensions and Retiring Benefits of Presidents and Vice – Presidents Act No 2 of 1986.
“The general public would recall that an official Memo was issued on Thursday, 9th May, 2019, by the Sierra Leone Police directing the withdrawal of the police security personnel attached to the former President as well as the deployment of a set of new personnel,” a press release from the office of the former president reads in part.
The former President, according to the same press release dated May 11, had no prior information about such changes and only happened to stumble upon such critical changes to his personal security detail after the said memo was disseminated on social media. As a result of this, the press release further noted, the former President objected to the abrupt changes owing to the fact that he was neither notified nor consulted prior to the changes. He then urged the Inspector General of Police to revert to the status quo.
Unfortunately, the state has insisted on the decision to withdraw the personnel and in effect, the former President is now left without any state security.