POLICE OFFICER ATTACHED TO JOB SHOT MAADA BIO SUPPORTER AT LAW COURT
By: Fatmata Mansaray
Polices sources have confirmed the shooting of the SLPP West District Chairlady Yeama Kassay at the law court building this morning by a police officer attached to former SLPP Chairman, John O Benjamin.
The Police Officer, Lincoln Brown, PC 7825, who shot the SLPP Chairlady was with Franklyn Rogers, a personal friend of Mr Benjamin and fellow Aspirant in the SLPP Alliance. The Police Officer was assigned to Franklyn Rogers by Mr John O. Benjamin to attend the SLPP high court hearing this morning.
Eye witnesses have stated that the victim, Yeama, was with other SLPP members at the law court building when they heard Franklyn Rogers giving instruction to the Police Officer saying “Na for shoot any Maada Bio Supporter. We don ready for am dis time”. As at the time of compiling this report the Police Officer was said to have escaped and in hiding after firing the Maada Bio Supporter on her right foot.
After the shooting, supporters of Maada Bio rushed Yeama, who was bleeding profusely, to the connaught hospital for emergency medical attention while some of the Bio supporters were singing “Maada Bio say, No Violence”.
Mr Benjamin has been unavailable for any reaction to the shooting by the Police Officer attached to him. However, this is the latest of violent incidents which have involved either security personnel or supporters of Mr Benjamin. In May 2016, following the death of Daddy George in Kenema, Mr Benjamin has now been accused of plotting the death in order to smear his political opponent, Maada Bio. It is also not clear whether the shooting today was planned by Mr Benjamin as a retaliation to the Kenema shooting.
There has been no official reaction from Maada Bio about the shooting of his supporter. Sources closed to him have said that, after the shooting, Maada Bio has called on his supporters to remain calm, be peaceful and allow the Police to do their investigation so that all those involved in the shooting can be held accountable. A senior source also stated that Maada Bio will continue to call for peace and he is encouraging members of the Alliance to desist from violence.