A Special Investigation Committee has been established by Sierra Leone to probe into the 10th August Protests in the country.
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“Accordingly, it has pleased His Excellency Brigadier General (Rtd.) Dr. Julius Maada Bio to announce the establishment of a Special Investigation Committee to examine both the immediate and underlying causes, sources of financing, execution and consequences of the insurrection, as well as the response of security forces,” a dispatch by the State House press secretary stated.
The establishment of the committee followed President Bio’s post-protests address to the Nation on 12th August 2022 during which he assured that an investigation would be launched into the violent protests.
The 15-member committee chaired by Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai Esq. comprised people from the media, legal, security and other disciplines.
The Special Investigation Committee members are Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai Esq., Chairman; Lawrence L. Bassie (Security Sector Expert), Secretary; Executive Director, Legal Aid Board; National Security Coordinator, Office of National Security; President, Sierra Leone Association of Journalists; President, Sierra Leone Bar Association; Executive Director, Defence for Children International; National President, Women’s Forum, Sierra Leone 9; President, Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone; National Chairman, Council of Paramount Chiefs; Chairman, Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion; Chairman, Political Party Registration Commission; Chairman, Independent Media Commission; Chairman, Retired Senior Police Officers’ Association; Chairman, Sierra Leone Ex-Servicemen’s Association, stated the dispatch dated 24th August 2022.