Reports : SLPP rally in Bo was unlawful and unauthorized and was recipe for chaos orchestrated by Maada Bio, John Benjamin and Abbass Bundu
September 9, 2011
Reports continue to come in about today’s riot in Bo. We have been reliably informed that the rally staged by the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) was illegal and unauthorized by the Sierra Leone Police Force. According to Police sources, the SLPP were not supposed to have engaged in any campaign-like rally because the National Elections Commission ( NEC ) had not declared political campaigns open nor has Parliament been prerogued for the 2012 elections. The Bio rally in Bo was therefore unlawful and unauthorized. Even the procession was said to have been illegal because the SLPP refused to procure a police permit for such a demonstration.
Our sources are also reporting that the whole chaos was stagemanaged and orchestrated by the SLPP. According to our Freetown sources, late last evening, some SLPP supporters at BIG WHARF had already started talking about a big explosion that will take place in Bo today. The youths, believed to be supporters of Mr. Wusu Boie , even said they were planning to travel to Bo to reinforce the SLPP thugs who will teach the APC a lesson. The question being asked by sources was that if the Bo chaos was not something that had been pre-planned , how come that SLPP supporters predicted correctly that there would be confusion in Bo today ?
We have also learned that the kingpin of today’s chaos in Bo was John Benjamin, described as the most dangerous and venal character in Sierra Leone’s politics whose lust for power knows no bound and who could sacrifice his own grandmother to get political power. John Benjamin is so hungry for power and he is so determined to get it from violence that he is said to be busy crisscrossing the country to get support from vulnerable young people. ” John Benjamin, the devil , is at work again as he did in 1992 when he incited the nebulous Mada Bio and other soldiers to overthrow the old APC ” , said one of our newsbearers . Our sources said that the youths were incited by John Benjamin who wanted to send a clear message before next year’s elections that the SLPP plans to prevail by hook or by crook, especially through violence.
The SLPP youths were incited to stone the APCHeadquarters in Bo by Benjamin, Maada Bio and Abbass Bundu . Their aim for staging the illegal procession was to provoke chaos that would be blamed on the ruling All People’s Congress and build on the dubious support they have started getting from one misguided and prying diplomat in the country. Our sources however said the plan had backfired because many Sierra Leoneans are blaming the SLPP for their acts of provocation and the looting and arson they unleasehed in Bo today.
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;