Maada Bio sends security out to arrest demonstrators as rumbles over ‘NO DATA; NO ELECTIONS’ continue in Sierra Leone

The state of unrest and instability threatening to engulf Sierra Leone over the refusal of the Elections Commission to release voters data for the 2023 elections continued today as President Maada Bio sends heavily-armed security forces to barricade streets to stave off planned public demonstrations, after yesterday’s partial lockdown of the country through a sit-home protest.

Yesterday, Sierra Leoneans adhered to the call by the People’s Power in Politics ( PPP) for a sit-home protest and shops and businesses in some parts of the capital and the provinces  were closed ; schoolchildren stayed home and though there were few public transportation out, the streets were empty. But government-supported bloggers showed parts of Freetown and the provinces where business was going on as usual.

The sit-home strike was to have been followed by massive demonstrations this morning, but beginning from last night police and army had taken over the streets in response to threats by President Maada Bio of a crackdown on the planned demonstrations.

However, despite the heavy police and army presence on the streets, a group of protesters with banners ,  shouting , NO DATA, NO ELECTIONS , came out to demonstrate in what could have inspired other people but they were swiftly arrested by the security.

No Data No Elections 🙌🙌🙌
How can you conduct national elections without accurate data?
What this Bio government takes Sierra Leoneans for? Fool?
Eight protesters have been arrested together with their placards at Foamex Junction, Calabatown, for conducting an unlawful demonstration to disturb the public peace.
Their timely arrest came as a result of the joint security patrol operations conducted by both SLP and RSLAF personnel of Freetown-East.
Suspects who identified themselves as; John Bangura, Tejan Conteh, Ibrahim Samuel Foday, Gibrilla Sesay, Mohamed Kargbo, Junior Sahr Boima, Alusine Kamara, and Mohamed Junior Mansaray are now at the CID Headquarters for further investigation.
See pics below.

May be an image of 9 people

May be an image of 7 people

May be an image of 6 people

May be an image of 4 people

May be an image of 7 people, truck, car and road

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