The Communications Officer at the Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB) Amadu Femoh Sesay, has confirmed the Board is currently investigating the shooting that took place at the residence of the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Lahai Lawrence Leema. On Saturday 1st February 2020, Alie Forster was allegedly shot by Police Constable Aiah Fengai at the residence of the Deputy Minister on Minna Drive in Juba. The details of the shooting are unclear. Forster sustained an injury to his left leg and he is currently at the Emergency Hospital responding to treatment. According to Sesay, the investigation falls under their mandate citing Regulation 3 (1) (c) of the IPCB Regulations, 2013 (Constitutional Instrument No. 11 of 2013) mandates the IPCB to investigate, among others, “a shooting incident where a police officer has discharged a firearm or killed a person.” He noted that the Sierra Leone Police has forwarded a referral letter to them in order for them to probe into the matter, adding that they have been monitoring the situation since it occurred on Saturday. Sesay said they will dig deep into the matter and come out with possible recommendations at the end of the process. “We don’t have the mandate to implement our recommendations,” but for sensitive matters, they will refer them to the Director of Public Prosecution for his consideration and if it is for misconduct, the Board will send it to the IGP. According to a press release by the IPCB on Tuesday 4th February 2020, “The IPCB has initiated this investigation pursuant to regulation 9 of IPCB Regulations, 2013 with a view to determining the role and/or conduct of the Sierra Leone Police Personnel involved.”
By Mohamed J. Bah
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