As the row between Students of the St Edwards School, May Park and the Police at Kingtom Barracks continues; ABC TV Reporter Abdulai Jalloh was yesterday manhandled by some irate Police Personnel.
Speaking to Awoko, closer to the School’s entrance were he was manhandled, Abdulai furiously explained that “after seeing two Police Officers at the Central Police Station who alleged they were stabbed by enraged Students I came to the school to investigate”.
He continued, “after advising the infuriated students, I went to the Police to have their own version of the story, but to my surprised they became very discourteous and started abusing me; exclaiming that we must not video them.”
The Police Officer who was occupying the front seat of a white Land Rover vehicle with registration number plate AAP 211, he alleged, “aggressively swung opened the front door the car, which sent me flying into a filthy gutter…” the Police Officer then ordered the driver “drive off!”, Abdulai said sadly.
Police Sima Dumbuya of the Kingtom Police Hospital revealed that they only have victims of Thursday riot and so far no new victims were reported to the hospital.
Inspector Ibrahim Samura of Police Media confirmed that three (3) Police Officers were stabbed, “PC 1127 Baimba Kamara was one of the Officers who was stabbed,” he said.
He explained that PC Baimba is a Dispatch Rider attached to the Ross Road Division, was riding along Campbell Street when he was stabbed on the back by madden students.
The Inspector intimated that the other two Officers were taken to the Connaught Hospital.
Added to this, Inspector Samura continued, two (2) female Police Officers were also beaten; WPC 9553 and WPC 7865 both attached to the Western Police Station.
He explained that the female Traffic Police Officers were attacked whilst on duty at the Syke Street, Hannah Benka-Coker intersection point.
When questioned about arrests made so far, Inspector Samura said, “four students were arrested namely: Ibrahim Sesay (SS III), Suleiman Sillah (SS II Arts) Ansumana Mathew (SSII Arts) and Alimamy Kamara.
An old lady who witnessed the scene at Kingtom said the boys are uncouth, but the Police are very boorish.
Meanwhile the School had a board meeting yesterday, where they agreed to meet with the Education Minister today, after which they would be coming out with an official statement with regards to the dispute. By Ophaniel Gooding