Local Unit Commander Eastern Police Division – Superintendent Nepor S. Senesie has recently disclosed at a Prison Watch seminar on human rights that in riot situations the police “always massage the problem.”
He explained that in order for the police to actualize its mission, “we have taken on board certain values that respect and protect human rights and freedom of the individual.”
“We believe in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) do not believe in radicalizing a situation, because when you radicalize a situation it might boomerang and we don’t have the capacity to handle that kind of situation this is why we always massage the problem,” he emphasized.
“As an indication of our belief and avowed adherence to the respect and protection of the individual’s human rights,” the Superintendent said, “the SLP has other legal and quasi legal instruments including our Force Standing Order, Our standard Guide lines on Detention – our commitments to satisfy our international partners, our observance of the Geneva Convention and other international conventions and protocols which – makes us subject to answering questions and being accountable for our behavior.”
Superintendent Senesie said, “in effect, we were not given a ‘carte blanche’ to treat people according to our whims and caprices.”