The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of professional standards, Chris Charlie, has said that the Sierra Leone Police is not jittery about the involvement of ex-combatants and soldiers in politics.
Mr Charlie warned that, “if we found out that these ex-combatants and ex-soldiers are involved in any subversive movement then the police will treat them as criminals or enemies of the state.’’ He said it was not to the knowledge of the police that the ex-sojas were disenfranchised and that the police would treat them like any other Sierra Leonean who had the right to participate in the elections.
Mr Charlie stated that, “in any case the politicians should go after them to woe their support provided they are registered voters.”
Reaffirming the police’s watch over the ex-combatants, Mr Charlie said they were following all reports about them countrywide.
He also said the police was not expecting them [ex-combatants and soldiers] to carry weapons as they were not allowed to.
On whether ex-sojas were serving as bodyguards to presidential candidates, he disclosed that it was the police who had provided security for vice president Solomon Berewa and Ernest Bai Koroma while Charles Margai refused to have state security.