EXCLUSIVE : More ringleaders of the Bo disturbances named, as SLPP forms clandestine organization to drive out all APC supporters
September 12, 2011
A contributor to our readers forum beneath our articles who lives in Bo has helped to throw more light on the disturbances in Bo last Friday between the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP ) and the All People’s Congress (APC ) . The eyewitness, Antoinette Thompson writes :
I thank you for reporting this issue to the world. Let me give you my information on the issue.I am living in Bo very close to the APC office where it is impossible for some one to throw a stone to reach the convoy of SLPP.
In the first place , the SLPP violated the permission given to them by the Police which was to converge at the Coronation Field in Bo and not to rally. Because of their pre-meditated plan on the reason why they preferred and selected Maada Bio which is that he is the only violent candidate to spit fire. This they called fire for fire. The Bo incident is what the SLPP termed as the preamble of the 2012 election. There were rumours from the SLPP camp that they were going to destoy all APC places in Bo and drive away all those who are APC people who will want to influence people to support APC. The first target is Chairman Sillah’s house, APC office, De pa in yei office and other APC executive’s houses.
The people who executed this plan by setting fire on those premises are :
1. FRANCIS FAGBA – of NUC who is the SLPP youth leader for coronation field
area. He is living in SLRA – Kebe back yard house with his friend. His common
hang-out is THE BANK owned by Paul Francis.
They have now formed the GREEN FLAG MOVEMENT. This movement is headed by one man
called FUNNY alias ABACHA in Kenema. The Green FLAG MOVEMENT is the organ with
full support to execute the FIRE for FIRE operations. In one of their meeting in
Kenema Mr Benjamin assured the GREEN FLAG MOVEMENT that they have the full
support of the international committee especially Schulenburg who is a German
and represent the the UN in Sierra Leone. Benjamin assured the movement of
financial support from the German.
During the Course of the Investigation the following Key Issues were identified
a. Legality of the Procession
It has been established that on the 29th August 2011 the SLPP District Secretary Bo Mr. Mohammed E.K Alie wrote a letter to the Paramount Chief Kakua Chiefdom Bo PC Prince Lappia Boima the fourth and the LUC Bo Police Division Mr. Theophilus Senesie requesting for clearance and Police coverage for a procession, Pouring of libation at the Party office and a public meeting at the coronation field in Bo; in respect of the visit of the flag bearer elect of the SLPP Rtd. Brig Julius Maada Bio on Friday 9th September 2011.
In response to that request, the Local Unit Commander for Bo District Mr. Theophilus Senesie who was in a workshop in Freetown instructed his chief clerk to issue security clearance and to provide security for the visit of Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, whose letter was dated 9th September 2011. It has also been observed that on the 9th September 2011 the SLPP presented the route for the procession to the Police. This Panel has established that the Procession was legal and authorized.
b. Wounding of the SLPP Flagbearer Brigadier Rtd. Julius Maada Bio
It has been established that during the course of the investigation the SLPP Procession arrived at the vicinity of the PMDC and APC offices along Mahei Boima Road Bo at about 1500hours on the 9th September 2011. It has also been established that when the Procession arrived at the PMDC office, the flag bearer was standing through the sun roof of the vehicle where he waved to the people who were standing in the compound of the PMDC office. It has also been confirmed that the procession was peaceful up to the point when they arrived at the vicinity of the APC office. It was at that point that the first sets of stones were pelted at the procession from the direction of the APC office. It has been confirmed that the following people Mohamed Conteh Alias Bomb Blast, Alias Bobby APC and Lamin Alias Shakur were among the people throwing stones.
The investigation has confirmed that the SLPP flag bearer Brigadier Rtd. Julius Maada Bio was hit on the head by a stone released by a catapult by Mohamed Conteh Alias Bomb Blast. This stone that hit the SLPP flag bearer’s head resulted in wounding and oozing of blood from his head. Additionally, this wounding has been confirmed from three source Eyewitnesses, Video clip of the procession, medical reports from Dr. M.B Yilla of Kindoya Hospital No.1 Prince Williams Street Bo, Dr. Patrick Bankah (Ghana) and Dr. Rashida Kamara .
It has also been confirmed that after the SLPP flag bearer was hit and wounded on his head stones started coming from the SLPP Procession towards the APC office. Damage on the rear screen of the vehicle the flag bearer was also confirmed.
Evidence adduced so far has confirmed that on Friday 9th September 2011 about thirteen (13) people were found behaving in a riotous manner and throwing stones within the vicinity of the APC office in Bo along Mahei Boima Road Bo.
The thirteen (13) suspects are as follows:
Based on the findings through statement taking, interviews and onsite visits to the crime scene the Panel concludes;