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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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Attacks on Catholic Nuns…

19 SUSPECTS IN POLICE NET

(SLENA, 23 May, 2019): According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, F U K Daboh, the Sierra Leone Police has observed with dismay the recent attacks perpetrated against some Catholic Nuns (Mothers or sisters in various parts of the country.

On 2nd May 2019, there was an armed robbery attack on Catholic Sisters in Notre Dame (OUR LADY) at Bumbuna. On the 16th May 2019, Clarissan Catholic Sisters of Guadalupe were attacked at Mile 91. There was an armed attack and robbery during the early hours at the Saint Murialdo offices and stores in Lunsar on 19th May 2019.
On the same day, there were series of other attacks on Saint Joseph of Cluny Sisters in Moyamba and the Missionary Sisters of Kambia.


The SLP management wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that regarding the attack at Bumbuna, three armed robbers were arrested, investigated and are now facing charges in court. In the same vein, the police continued its pursuit of these criminals and did succeed in arresting 19 suspects at various points within and around Moyamba District through the erection of checkpoints at strategic locations. Members of the Moyamba community supported the police in its operations. The arrested suspects are now being investigated for the aforementioned attacks in various parts of the country.
DIG Daboh said, “The SLP is concerned about the pattern of these attacks and robberies on Catholic sisters at various locations in the country”. The question is why only the Catholic Sisters? In view of the foregoing, the SLP has launched an in-depth investigation into these attacks and robberies with the aim of determining the motive behind these attacks. He further informed that perpetrators and conspirators would be arrested and prosecuted. The public is hereby encouraged to help the police in providing relevant information leading to the arrest of perpetrators/conspirators.
Management therefore, wishes to assure the Catholic Community in Sierra Leone and the general public that the SLP will continue to ensure their safety and security thereby reversing the current trend of attacks and robberies perpetrated against Catholic Sisters/Nuns across the country.

In giving the names of the suspects, the Regional Commander Police South, AIG Kapri Saidu Kamara said these suspects are from different parts of the country. We have Amadu Turay-Freetown who attempted to rape a sister, Edward John, Bo; Musa Koroma, Mile 91; Ahmed Sesay, Mile 91; Abdul Kanu, Makeni; Samson Kamara, Makeni; Mustapha Condor, Ansumana Charles, Alfred Gbassey Sandi, John Sesay, Banja Tarawalley, Vandi Kamara, Samuel Alpha, Thomas Willoughby, Ali Thoronkah, Claude Kajuweh, Abdul Koroma and Momoh Bangura, all from Moyamba. These are the same group of bandits that started from Bumbuna to Moyamba. The Nuns have identified two suspects Ahmed Sesay and Musa Koroma from Mile 91.

There were exhibits taken from these suspects that included phones, palmtop, knives, cutlasses, watches and money.
According to the Director of Crimes, Mr. Brima Jah, the Bumbuna case was finished and has been sent to court and these other criminals have been brought to Freetown for the SLP to mobilize their resources and expertise together like the Cyber, CID, Scientific Laboratory, so that they make an absolute break-through on this criminal matter. All the suspects are at the CID-HQ as investigations are on-going.
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