Sierra Leone has declared a nationwide curfew after some unidentified gunmen attacked the country’s main military barracks and attempted to break into an armoury in the capital, Freetwon, on Sunday, November 26.
The armed men also broke into a prison and freed inmates from thePademba Road Correctional Center in Freetown. The exact number of escapees is still unknown, but it is believed to be significant.
In a press release, the Ministry of Information and Civic Education announced the imposition of a nationwide curfew and advised citizens to stay indoors, as security forces work to locate and apprehend the escaped prisoners.
“The public is assured that the government and our state security forces are in control. To enable the security forces to continue the process of apprehending the suspects, a nationwide curfew is declared with immediate effect across the country. We strongly advise citizens to stay indoors,” the statement read.
The situation has raised concerns about the potential impact on public safety and the stability of the country. Residents are being urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities. The government has also called for cooperation from the public in providing information that could aid in the capture of the escaped inmates.
Read below the full statement: