The attention of Prison Watch Sierra Leone is drawn to the brutal killing of a senior police officer in the person of Superintendent Edison Bockarie Tucker who onto the time he met his unfortunate death on the night of Tuesday 16th January 2018 was the Crime Officer at the Waterloo Police Divisional Headquarters in the Western Rural District. We are also informed that the mortal remains of the police officer was discovered in the morning hours of Wednesday 17th January 2018 at Mile 6 also in the Western Rural District.
As an organization working in close partnership with the police we are deeply concerned over this audacious act against the police by unidentified persons is indeed a worrying trend that poses a great risk to the maintenance of law and order and our national security especially as our nation builds up to elections. Such developments are indecent for our Democracy, our security and peaceful co-existence as a nation.
We believe that Law enforcement agencies exist for the maintenance of law and order in the society, and are among those charged with the responsibility to promote and protect human rights. Accordingly, law enforcement officers should be seen as part and parcel of the governments’ efforts in ensuring that the rights of its citizens are protected within the confines of the Law, domestic law as well as in line with relevant international instruments and Conventions to which Sierra Leone is a signatory.
Prison Watch Sierra Leone out rightly condemns this brutal and violent act and calls for urgent investigation in order to bring the perpetrators to book. PWSL also calls on the public to remain cooperative and help the Sierra Leone Police in their investigation and provide any relevant information to the police that will help identify the wrong doers.
Our deepest condolences and prayers go to the family of the late Superintendent Edison Bockarie Tucker, The Sierra Leone Police and the entire nation as we together mourn the death of a solid officer.