9 September 2007

Sierra Leone: 360 Military Police to Boosts Security

Freetown — Deputy Chief of Defense Staff, Brig. Alfred Nelson Williams Thursday disclosed to Concord Times that the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) will be providing 360 military police to boost security for Saturday's presidential run-off election.

He explained that the reason for giving their assistance is based on a request made by the Inspector General of Police, adding that this is not the first time they are giving such assistance to the police.

"The RSLAF will not be planning, leading or executing any operation," he clarified, adding that, "I am calling on the public not to be worried as there will be no cause for any alarm." Brig. Williams said the RSLAF will remain to be apolitical throughout the electoral process.

Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Richard Moigbeh stated that the joint operations with the military is meant to boost up the security for the run-off, adding that the RSLAF has always been giving its assistance whenever it is called upon.

"We have been working in partnership with the military for quite a long time," he said, adding that "We are going to plan, lead and execute all operations." Moigbeh noted that the military police will be well armed but, however, stressed that they will not be carrying out any operations.

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