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Sierra Leone’s President Sounds Alarm on Drug Abuse, Declares National Crisis


Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has taken a firm stand against drug abuse, labeling it a “national emergency” during his recent address to the nation. He specifically highlighted the growing use of a synthetic drug called Kush among young people, expressing deep concern over its impact on society.

In response to this pressing issue, President Bio announced plans to tackle the problem head-on. A dedicated task force comprising government agencies and non-governmental organizations will be established to address various aspects of drug abuse, including prevention, treatment, social services support, law enforcement, and community engagement.

Moreover, President Bio emphasized the government’s commitment to dismantling drug trafficking networks operating within the country. This commitment was underscored by a recent police seizure of two containers filled with Kush in the capital city of Freetown. Seven suspects were apprehended in connection with the seizure, according to Police Commissioner Joseph Lahai.

President Bio’s decisive actions reflect a concerted effort to safeguard the well-being of Sierra Leonean citizens and combat the harmful effects of drug abuse on society.


‘Soldier’ trigger shot to frightens drug law officers

A man, who single out himself as a soldier triggered his gun yesterday at Kalagi check point in order to stop a drug law enforcement officer from checking him for suspicion of cannabis. He was able to escape, leaving his bag and other belongings.

Ousman Saidybah, public relation officer of Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG) disclosed that the occurrence happened on Tuesday at 8 in the evening when operatives of DLEAG and Gambia Police Force breaked a commercial vehicle for usual check at Kalagi

He stated that during the search, they found a container in the said vehicle and the officer asked about the owner of the container and communicated their intention to search it. “A male subject who identified himself as a soldier claimed to be the owner of the container and refused all attempt to search the container. The officer sought help from the police officers on duty to take the passenger and the suspected container to the charge office. Upon arrival at the charge office, the said passenger took out a pistol, fired a shot up in the air scaring the officers before escaping. Later, a search was conducted but he could not be traced.”

According to PRO Saidybah, the suspected container was cgecked and three big bundles of suspicion cannabis were found in it. Similarly, officers found one big bundle of suspected cannabis in his green traveling bag.

“The driver also revealed that the said individual identified himself to him as a military officer when he boarded the vehicle in Brikama heading to the province,”he explained.
He said investigators are examining into the matter and will work with the military command to bring forward facts encompassing this matter.

PRO Saidybah called on the public to stay watchful and report suspicion drugs and criminal activities to law enforcement officers.

Source___Standard News

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