No fewer than one hundred supporters of Sierra Leone’s main opposition party, All People’s Congress (APC) including its flagbearer for the 2018 general elections, Dr. Samura Kamara has stormed the police headquarters in Freetown to protest the arrest and detention of a former Sierra Leone defence minister, Major (Sgt) Paolo Conteh who were arrested on Friday as part of a crackdown by President Julius Maada Bio’s administration on alleged graft by its predecessor.

Alfred Paolo Conteh, the defence minister under ex-President Ernest Koroma, and Sannah Marrah, his deputy at the ministry, were arrested on Friday in connection with several alleged military procurement irregularities, said Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) head Francis Kaifala.

“After the discussions, we decided to detain them both,” Kaifala told reporters.

“We are building up our case now and will have to charge them within 10 days in order to keep them in custody.”