NATIONAL UNION OF SIERRA LEONE STUDENTS (NUSS) CALLS ON THE SIERRA LEONE POLICE TO RELEASE THERESA L. M’BOMA
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.