This evening the residence of the SLPP Presidential Candidate, Brigadier (Rtd.) Julius Maada Bio has come under attack after live gun shot was fired towards his residence by armed officers who have been identified as close protection officers of President Koroma.

The close protection officers of President Koroma were at the residence of the former Minister of Trade and Industry, Momodu Allieu Pat-Sowe who lives few meters away from Brigadier (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio. We view this latest attack as an assassination attempt on the life of Brigadier Julius Maada Bio.

The fact that the gun-shot attack has happened at a time when provisional results across the country are showing an impressive lead by Brigadier Julius Maada Bio in the Presidential run-off Elections, it is conceivable that this is part of a grand plan by the APC and security forces to create chaos obstructing the announcement of the results of the presidential run-off elections.

Despite this assassination attempt on the life of Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, we call on all SLPP supporters and members to continue to monitor the counting of results at the polling stations and be vigilant against any politically motivated violence from armed military and police officers. We also call on both local and international election observers and members of the diplomatic community to safeguard not only the peace but also to ensure that the democratic will of the people be respected.