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.
FREETOWN – Prison Watch Sierra Leone continues to impact the lives of inmates, even after they have served their sentence.
When Daniel* was incarcerated in Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre twenty years ago, he was without qualifications or a clear direction in life. While serving his sentence in Pademba Road, Daniel picked up woodworking skills in the correctional centre’s carpentry workshop. He gained skills in building beds and other furniture to a professional standard.
Today, upon release, Daniel is a reformed man and a qualified carpenter. Realising the potential in Daniel to again become a productive member of society, Prison Watch staff donated to him a selection of carpentry tools – including lathes, saws and hammers – to help Daniel on the road to becoming a successful carpenter.
The tools were handed to Daniel at a small ceremony in Pademba Road Correctional Centre last week, in the presence of Correctional Service leaders, Prison Watch staff and members of the national media. Prison Watch director, Mambu Feika, gave a passionate speech in which he urged Daniel to move on from not only the physical prison at Pademba Road, but also the mental prison that so many former inmates struggle with.
Prison Watch Sierra Leone hopes that Daniel can serve as an inspiration to other inmates in correctional centres across Sierra Leone, and that his success proves that a sentence is not the end of a happy, fulfilling and productive life.
Daniel, from all staff at Prison Watch – best of luck in the future.
(*Names have been changed to protect identities)
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