The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) headquarters at Wallace Johnson Street on Saturday transcended into a war zone when its supporters clashed with those of the All People’s Congress (APC).
The clash reportedly came when the anti-riot squad of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) fired teargas as well as live bullets to disperse the crowd.
The police found it difficult not only to cordon the SLPP office, but to successfully police the area which had been peopled by irate youth of both parties, leaving several SLPP supporters with serious injuries.
Speaking to one of the SLPP supporters, Abdul McCarthy, he told Awoko that, “in the morning some SLPP supporters went to Government Wharf to bath but they were stabbed by allegedly APC supporters who are squatting in that area.”
He said, “some eight people were stabbed down at the jetty, this warranted us to storm the area.”
During the fracas, he went on “the police came and started firing teargas at the party’s office. At the scene the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Tamba Gbekie was shown the teargas canister around the party office”. One of the victims, Hamza Jah who had a cut on his head, explained that they were at their SLPP office where they alleged seen some people going towards their office which warranted them to defend their headquarters. John Smart, whose index finger was almost chopped off, alleged that some APC supporters used stones, bottles and sticks to attack their office.
Mr Smart said, “I was on my way to the office when I was suddenly attacked.” He alleged to have been caught by some APC supporters who chopped off his finger. There was another victim who was seriously wounded and was laid down at the stairs of the SLPP office writhing in pain.
There were several others in pains lying in the SLPP office which was later visited by Red Cross officers to treat the wounded. The police could not allow anybody down the Jetty area where it was alleged the fracas started.