Inspector General of Police, Brima Acha Kamara has requested the people of Pujehun to settle their differences peacefully and not to resort to violence.
He made this plea during a fact-finding mission to the southern district over the weekend following reports of a spate of arson attacks.
Unconfirmed reports say fifty-five houses have burned down due to political differences between some sections of the community.
The police boss advised people to have confidence in the police as he said that he is very much sure that they are up to the task and can face any challenge.
During a meeting at the Pujehun town court Barry with Paramount Chiefs and elders of the district, it emerged that a family feud was responsible for the burning of the thatched houses by unknown persons.
The District Council Chairman, Nasiru Deen Magona thanked the inspector general for taking a keen interest in the affairs of the people of Pujehun, noting that there was now a positive change between the police of today and those of yesteryears.
He said the situation had left farmers in distress and appealed for more personnel and logistics for the police in the district. He said the burning of houses in the district was not perpetrated by outsiders but indigenes of the district.
Representatives of the three major political parties in the districts appealed for a peaceful co-existence and not a return to the country’s recent history of violence.
Speaking to this press, the Regional Police Commander, South, Assistant Inspector-General of Police Desmond Buck said they had instituted the multi-agency approach to resolve the situation. He said such arson attacks could lead to disenfranchisement in August’s general elections as it would lead to displacement of eligible voters in the area.