Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a stern warning issued on Thursday, December 28, 2023, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) has reiterated its caution to the public against playing loud music after 10 pm and engaging in the use of firecrackers (‘banga’), emphasizing that both activities are considered offences.
Superintendent Samuel Saio Conteh, Deputy Head of Community Relations at the SLP, conveyed the warning, acknowledging the festive season while urging individuals to celebrate responsibly without causing inconvenience to others. He stressed that any action leading to disturbance or fear among neighbours is a violation of the law.
Moreover, Superintendent Conteh revealed that organizers planning public events, including street carnivals, must obtain written permission from the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure police clearance. Failure to comply will result in legal consequences.
A strong warning was issued against the use of firecrackers, fireworks, or starlight in residential areas, emphasizing that such acts would be treated as offences. Superintendent Conteh stated, “Any act that will cause fear in the minds of people will amount to an offence.”
Regarding entertainment establishments, Superintendent Conteh clarified that bars or entertainment centres must close by 11 pm, and police intervention may occur in cases of disturbances or fights within these venues.
Drivers received a firm caution against driving under the influence of alcohol, with the SLP emphasizing that any intoxicated driver would face legal consequences.
In addition, unlicensed and unregistered vehicles are prohibited from plying the streets of Freetown after 6 pm, and street jogging has been banned. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Brima Kamara, explained that street joggers often obstruct roads, inconveniencing other travellers. Individuals seeking to engage in street jogging must obtain police clearance.
The ban on commercial motorbikes operating in central business districts remains in force, with Superintendent Conteh warning riders to adhere to the regulations to avoid arrests.
Lastly, secret societies, religious groups, companies, colleges, and schools intending to organize processions in the streets of Freetown must obtain written permission from the IGP for clearance. The SLP emphasized the importance of obtaining proper authorization to maintain order during such events. SKS/29/12/2023