As a cross-section of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) together with the Freetown City Council Metropolitan Police are busy implementing the Operation WID along the streets of Freetown, many residents along Jomo Kenyata Road were yesterday left homeless after their dwelling places were pulled down by the operation team.
The Operation team were assisted by youths who used large hammers and other equipment to demolish the illegal structures that were occupied by dwellers who pretended that those structures were used as their business places, as the SLP and the FCC Metropolitan Police transported some of the broken doors and zincs to their waste truck to be deposited at the Kingtom rubbish dump ‘Bumeh’.
During the process, the Operation team together with the volunteer youths were claiming that they were working according to instructions, that traders, abandoned vehicles and street garages should be removed from the streets of Freetown, as the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Friday launched the Operation WID to ensure the free movement of people and vehicles along the streets of Freetown.
One of the victims who decided not to disclose her identity, as she stood in front of her belongings while her children observed the process, stated that the act was impromptu, as they were not informed by the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) that has the mandate of deciding the right of way, adding that ‘at this point in time, we do not even know what to do or where to go with our children and properties that were thrown out by the police’.
A man who identified himself as Osman Kargbo alias ‘Amerikin’ who is an Okada rider, says that the process is in place as “we should all work in the interest of the country. Even we the Okada riders are willing to obey the instructions given to us”
By Alhaji Kamara