The Inspector General of Police, Mr William Fayia Sellu was appointed on Wednesday 27th July 2022 by His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio of the Republic of Sierra Leone.The current Inspector General of Police is an industrious man with a high level of integrity and disciplinary leader he is. He demonstrated this quality during his first test on the 10th of August 2022. Before the August 10 incident, the IG assigned commanders with hardworking personnel in different locations within Freetown and some parts in the North and Northwest.
Mr Bongay, the Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) attached to the Jui police Division was assigned by the Inspector General of Police William Fayia Sellu as a team commandant for the Urban and Rural areas of Freetown, mainly from Free Junction to Jui axis. The CSP did his best during the August 10 deadly protest as he gave up himself for the job with tireless efforts in match field operation with the military in the East of Freetown.
The Inspector General himself had a sleepless night starting from the 7th to the 10th of August patrolling in different locations to ensure that the deployed security personnel were on their duties as per requirements of the police to protect lives and properties and this shows a clear indication that the current Inspector General of Police is a responsible man with great love and passion for his job and the people of Sierra Leone. The Local Unit Commanders in the Western Urban and Rural Areas of Freetown & Waterloo and the affected places also demonstrated sound leadership qualities as they teamed up with IG Sellu.
The test came at a time when the country is experiencing several economic hardships. It is however evident that the hardship is not only limited to Sierra Leone but could be best described as “global hardship.” Some folks however keep blaming the current president of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr Julius Maada Bio for not providing the necessities such as food, and job opportunities as promised during the 2018 election campaign. It is on this basis that some unknown persons staged a protest to fulfil their enterprises. Civil disobedience in a state is not a moral guarantor of peace and economic stability but a moment of economic paralipsis.
Nonetheless, since the riot/protest took place on the 10th of August 2022 the city of Freetown is yet to restore its full momentum as some shops and offices are not rendering effective services due to the instability of the State security and national peace. Many people believe that I. G Sellu with his leadership prowess will assuredly deliver his task despite his first test which seems to be alarming as the country’s national elections stand around the corner. One could also conclude that the president in his wisdom did not make any mistake by appointing Williams Fayia Sellu as the Inspector General of Police.
The Sierra Leone police have truly expressed their dissatisfaction with the ill-treatment by the protesters that resulted in the death of their compatriots. One of the security personnel that was slain was Pastor Desmond. The police believe that they are serving the people of this country, and stopping protesters from entering the Central Business District (CBD) was not reproach as the protesters dim it but a way to stop further destruction which sadly resulted in damages and the loss of lives and properties in some parts of Freetown, Makeni, Waterloo, Kamakwie and Port Loko respectively.
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