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Sierra Leone News: Sierra Leone Police reinforce ban on secret societies

Sierra Leone Police have banned all secret societies in the country because of security threats. The Inspector General, Richard Moigbe, saidsecurity is the primary reason why the police and government have made this latest ban in Sierra Leone.
A recent press statement from the Sierra Leone Police reminds the general public of the decision of the National Security Council (NSC) headed by President Julius Maada Bio to put a ban on all secret society and masquerade activities including jogging.
This directive is to be implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Sierra Leone Police to discourage any form of security threat that often emanates during these cultural activities.
The Sierra Leone Police believes that it is common practice for people to engage in secret society and masquerade activities including jogging during public holidays and other festivities. “We want the general public to know that the National Security Council ban on these activities is yet to be lifted and therefore warn all not to undertake any such activities during any holiday.”
He said that all police commanders across the country are under firm instructions to enforce this moratorium on secret society and masquerade activities including jogging nation-wide.
The general public and interested parties are expected to show understanding in the interest of national security and tranquility, the IG said.
Superintendent Brima Kamara, Head of Media and Public Relations, Sierra Leone Police says it is not clear how long this ban will be in force but sources close to the police say these bans will continue until further notice.
Tuesday July 03, 2018.

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