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Sierra Leone News: Violent Crime dropped by 2,104 cases

Sierra Leone is “among the 71 countries that were more peaceful in 2018 than in 2017,” said President Julius Maada Bio, while addressing parliament recently This is according to the Global Peace Index 2018, Measuring Peace in a Complex World, which ranked Sierra Leone as the most peaceful country in West Africa, 3rd in Sub-Saharan Africa and 35th in the world. According to President Bio there has been an overall drop in the crime rate across the country from 1.08% in 2017 to 0.80% in 2018. This is a perceptible 0.28% drop which does not explain the Economic offences, such as counterfeiting of currency, financial scams, fraud, money laundering, fraudulent conversion, false pretences among others which continue to raise serious concerns and impact on the Nation’s economy, security and governance. Recorded economic crimes fell by a mere 6 from 6,591 in 2017 to 6,585 in 2018 nationwide,” he said. According to him the Sierra Leone Police through the community policing and partnership have also put under control certain public order offences like riot, violent disorder, affray, provocation of violence among others. “Reported cases of such nature decreased (by 296) from 1,446 in 2017 to 1,150 in 2018. Similarly, various drug-related cases investigated and prosecuted reduced (by 56) from 120 in 2017 to 64 in 2018” he said.  The President however said with a robust policing strategy applied by the SLP including community engagements, patrols, Mobile Vehicle Checkpoints (MVCP) and covert night deployment in grey areas; violent crimes including murder, manslaughter, assault, wounding and armed robbery have been suppressed.  Despite allegations that there have been many unreported cases of alleged murder as a result of political confrontation within this one year of President Bio, the President maintained, the total number of recorded violent crime cases reduced by 2,104 from 21,592 in 2017 to 19,488 in 2018, which according to him are still not encouraging, as the SLP is reviewing its strategy in order to reduce the cases to the barest minimum. He however assured, more efforts need to be made in the area of road safety as recorded road crashes increased from 3,189 in 2017 to 4,425 in 2018 with a corresponding recorded increase in fatalities of 402 to 456.

By Alhaji Manika Kamara

Wednesday May 15, 2019.

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