Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Three individuals accused of participating in the September 11th protest have been remanded in custody at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown.
The alleged protesters, Kalilu Santigie Kamara, Ibrahim King Kargbo, and Mohamed Lamin Kamara, appeared before Magistrate Hadiru Daboh at Ross Road Court No. 3 in Freetown on Monday, September 16, 2023. They are facing two count charges of conspiracy and incitement.
The police allege that the accused individuals, on September 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2023, in Waterloo, conspired with unknown persons to commit a crime, specifically, incitement.
The accused are also charged with inciting the general public through social media and WhatsApp messages, encouraging actions against the government of the Republic of Sierra Leone that could breach the peace on September 11, 2023.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Septimus Vandy, attached to the Operations Department at the Waterloo Division as Commander, testified before Magistrate Daboh. He recalled that on September 11, 2023, he received intelligence regarding the planned protest.
Acting on this information, DSP Vandy informed his team, which was deployed to various locations, leading to the apprehension of the accused individuals. Vandy mentioned that the accused were initially detained and subsequently brought to court. Statements from Vandy were taken at the Waterloo Police Station following their apprehension.
Magistrate Daboh has ordered the accused persons to remain in custody until October 19, 2023. The case is being prosecuted by DSP Fatmata Kuyateh. SKS/18/10/2023