Sierra Leone students to protest colleague’s detention- Free Theresa M’boma Now



The attention of the National Union of Sierra Leone Students (NUSS) has been drawn to an arrest done by the Sierra Leone Police of Theresa M’Boma, a student of Fourah Bay College for allegedly sharing inciting posts on the social media.
The confirmation by Ministry of Information and Communications officials saying that she is one of two people arrested for sharing posts on the social media is one that we feel lacks the merit to hold her in detention and that we think its not substantial enough for a student to be detained and not being released at least on bail. This is a news that has met us with utmost dissatisfaction. We view this as a violation of her human rights and disrespect for her right to education considering the fact that she is currently fulfilling other academic requirements. Thus, the arrest could negatively impact her quest to acquire quality education.
We consider this as an infringement of her human rights (educational right in particular).
The union is therefore, calling on the Sierra Leone Police to release Theresa M’Boma, a Student of Fourah Bay College within 3 working days whilst the investigations continue.
It is our position that Theresa M’Boma be released in a time not more than 72 hrs from the time of arrest as provided for and guaranteed by Chapter III; Section 17, sub-section 3 (b) of the 1991 constitution, Act. No. 6. It should be noted that NUSS is not in anyway against the police’s duty as law enforcement agency including investigation of matters concerning state security, but detaining a student beyond the constitutional provision is ultra vires and since the constitution is supreme, we’re asking that like everyother citizen, Theresa’s fundamental human rights be respected
The executive of NUSS wishes to guarantee the general studentship of the country that it stands by them and that Theresa’s case shall not be an exception. We are poised to protecting the rights and maximize the welfare of every students in this country.
Long Live Students Unionism!
Long Live Sierra Leone!

Amb. Michael Mitchell Conteh;

Public Relations Officer- NUSS


18th November, 2016.

About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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