Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Major (Rtd) Ishmael Sengu Koroma has on Monday 30th May, 2016 during Good Morning Show on Eastern Radio in Kenema called for interrogation of the 2012 presidential candidate of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party(SLPP), Maada Bio, over the killing of Mohamed Karim, 32, during a violence fracas in the eastern regional headquarters of Kenema, on Friday 27th May, 2016.
He said, interrogating Bio will help police in their search for those responsible for the violence. According to Police AIG East, Alfred Karrow-Kamara, who spoke to Awareness Times Newspaper, the violence ignited from a political disagreement between supporters of Maada Bio and supporters of John Oponjo Benjamin over a peacemaking meeting that was held at Sinava Guest House, Kenema Town.
AIG East furthered that the principal suspect, Mohamed Fonnie, was initially on the run but was later arrested on Friday around 9:30pm at Bandama checkpoint, Kenema district.
As a result of the arrest of Mohamed Fonnie, who is popularly known to be a supporter of Maada Bio, Major (Rtd) Ishmael Sengu Koroma called for the immediate interrogation of Bio over his relationship with the alleged assailant.
He urged the police to look into the relationship between them, days before Fonnie is alleged to have stabbed a supporter of Bio’s political opponent.The deputy minister furthered that government frowns at lawlessness and therefore it is doing all it could to ensure that perpetrators of Friday’s violence are brought before the law.
He said, Bio is an employer of the alleged assailant so he has to take responsibility. However, in a press release dated Saturday, 28th May, 2016, Maada Bio condemned the killing, referring to it as “unacceptable, unnecessary and unjustified”. He called for the killer to be punished.
Also, he unreservedly denied ever employing Fonnie. Whilst talking to Awareness Times Newspaper about the statements of the deputy minister, AIG Alfred Karrow-Kamara said, the police are still investigating the killing therefore revealing the identity of possible sources will hinder the process. AIG East also confirmed that the police have restored peace in Kenema and all activities have returned to normality.