Police in Freetown are offering ten million Leones (Le10M) to anyone who bring in a gay activist Abdulrahman Kamara, or give information leading to his arrest.
It could be recalled that Abdulrahman Kamara who had been identified as the organizer of a gay fiesta which held at very odd hours along the Aberdeen/Lumley Beach in Freetown, escaped from police custody following a visit to him by someone also suspected of being a gay activist.
Reports have it that Abdulrahman Kamara, born on 14th January, 1997 and his cohorts were being monitored by a group of vigilantes who are helping the government (though discreetly) to clamp down on gay activists. Gay and lesbianism are practices which are heavily frowned upon in Sierra Leone, not only by the authorities but also be religious groups among other groups that make it a habit to clamp down and in some cases murder in cold blood anyone caught practicing gay and lesbianism in any part of Sierra Leone.
In the case of Abdulrahman Kamara he and his cohorts were engaged in a gay beach fiesta (kissing and making love) on 16th November, 2016 when they were discovered and attacked by a vigilante group. He was severely beaten and left bleeding along with his companions but luckily for him, he escaped summary execution as is done to gays and lesbians in Sierra Leone, when a Police patrol happened on the scene.
However, our investigations revealed that the gay activist Abdulrahman Kamara drenched in his own blood and that of his colleagues who narrowly escaped, blessed his stars when the Police arrived and took him from the hands of the mob. But it was then that his troubles actually started.
The Police instead of taking the gay activist Abdulrahman Kamara to hospital for treatment of his gaping wounds, they took him instead to the station and flung him into a dark and cold cell where he was consistently abused verbally and physically, making his condition worse and he reportedly lost hope of getting justice or having his case heard as the police who were supposed to be his saviors turned out to be his tormentors.
Thankfully, on 26th November, 2016 the gay activist took the opportunity of escaping from Police custody when he was visited by a friend who bribed the officer on duty to bring the gay activist Abdulrahman Kamara out from the cell for fresh air and for them to talk about his saga.
Fortunately, it turned out that the officer forgot about them and he made his escape and since that day he has not been seen. His family members who later went to the police station were told that he had escaped but they are still of the opinion that their son, brother and cousin had been murdered by the police and his body dumped in a secret place.
Meanwhile, the Le10m bounty placed on the gay activist’s head is still in place and his family members fear that if he is still alive he would face a worse fate but that if he is actually dead they leave their case with Almighty God. Investigations continue.