Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Chernor Bah, the Minister of Information and Civic Education, provided crucial insights into the arms and ammunition recovered following the attempted coup on Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Freetown. He detailed the number and type of weapons seized during the assault on the capital city and the current status of military and police armaments in the country.
In his announcement, Bah revealed that assailants had stolen 47 AK47 rifles from Sierra Leone’s military armory during the attempted coup. However, security forces have successfully retrieved 29 of these rifles. Additionally, he disclosed that seven RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades) were taken, of which security officers have recovered five while two remain unaccounted for or not yet recovered.
Furthermore, the Minister highlighted that numerous empty rifle magazines, exceeding 100 in number, were also seized by the assailants, but a substantial portion remains unaccounted for. He emphasized, “We are actively searching for those weapons,” underscoring the importance of locating these missing items for overall security.
Bah stressed that the ongoing improvement in the security situation is closely linked to the recovery and containment of these weapons, as indicated in the recent press release regarding the curfew.
Both the Minister and Inspector General (IG) Fayia Sellu urged the citizens of Sierra Leone to assist the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) by providing any pertinent information related to the missing weapons. They specifically requested information concerning suspects wanted in connection with the attempted coup investigation and individuals on the lists of inmates and assailants involved in the recent events.
Their call for public cooperation aims to enhance the joint efforts of security personnel in recovering the remaining weapons, ensuring the safety and security of the nation. AJ/14/12/2023