An unidentified corpse was yesterday discovered at the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) Wallace Johnson Street headquarters.
The corpse was discovered at the alleyway that leads to the emergency exit of the building. Workers at the SLPP’s office, who were at the scene, alleged that the corpse might be one of the looters who invaded the party’s after the announcement of the run-off election results on Monday.
As batteries of Criminal Investigations (CID) officers inspected the building, unconfirmed source said the deceased was electrocuted.
James Sannoh, a clerk at the SLPP’s office financial department, narrated: “after the announcement of the run-off election results, [alleged] some All People’s Congress (APC) supporters came to the office.”
Later, he said, “the police came and ordered the [alleged] APC supporters to leave the vicinity and go ahead with their celebration on the street,” adding that the crowd then left but returned later”.
James continued, “this time round, they refused to go when the police ordered them to leave the area,” adding that, “instead they started throwing stones at the building and tried to break in.”
Continuing he stated that, “a Military Police and the few police officers who were around gave warning shots and the group fled to Government Wharf.”
But this was short-lived “[as] they later reassembled and broke into the office shouting: we are going to enter this office, it is the property of the government, it’s now our time for us to enjoy it.”
Pointing to some car tyres at the entrance of the building, James said, “they came with these tyres shouting that they were going to burn down the office.”
“The police officials at the scene were not able to protect the building, the mob outnumbered them and swarmed into the building, vandalized and looted everything,” adding that even the recently repaired ceilings were routed down.
Asked how he knew the looters were APC supporters, James said, “they were putting on red T shirts so that makes me to assume that they are APC.”
Speaking with the national administrative secretary to the SLPP, Brima Koroma, he averred that “this [act] is one of shock and disbelief. This scale of destruction is unprecedented in the name of politics.”
“We heard about it [the looting] but seeing it I now know that it was a systematic looting,” he said
Mr Koroma said, “it is a big shock to all of us and for our democracy. If we had known we would have secured all our items,” he regretted.
He denied allegations that some of the looters were SLPP supporters who claimed that the party refused to pay them.
“This is untrue we do not sign a contract with anyone; our supporters who were here were well cared for, to say that we went into an agreement with these alleged SLPP supporters who wrecked this havoc is totally false,” he said.
He agreed that the alleged looters were “a mixture of both [SLPP and APC] supporters. Over the TV I saw a lot of APC supporters masquerading at the vicinity of the party’s office after the announcement of the results”.
The SLPP’s national administrative secretary also denied allegations that the party imported supporters who became disgruntled after the SLPP failed to meet its promises.
“We do not come with anybody from the provinces; those of our supporters who were urging to go back to the provinces have been transported. We intend to forward the matter to President Ernest Bai Koroma to show him the devastation perpetrated by his supporters on the day he was declared President,” he said.