Nigeria and ECOWAS Delegation Conveys Solidarity Amidst Security Breach in Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone faced a security breach on Sunday, prompting a swift response from Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

In a demonstration of solidarity, a high-powered delegation was dispatched to Freetown, as disclosed by Sierra Leone President Julius Bio.

The delegation, consisting of prominent figures including Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and Chief of Defense Staff, Christopher Musa, conveyed a message of support from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Heads of State and Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu.

President Bio highlighted the commitment of the delegation to upholding democracy and good governance in the sub-region.

The nationwide curfew imposed in Sierra Leone was a response to an attack on a military armoury, leading to the abduction of prisoners from a correctional facility.

President Bio assured citizens that his government is addressing the situation, having apprehended individuals responsible for the attack, including senior military officers.

The President expressed gratitude for the commitment of the ECOWAS delegation and their assurance to collaborate with Sierra Leone’s government to prevent future security incidents.

The visit underscored the collective effort to preserve peace and stability in the region.

Sierra Leone has enjoyed relative peace for the past 21 years since the end of its decade-long civil war. President Bio reiterated his government’s dedication to maintaining this hard-earned peace.

This security breach occurs against the backdrop of political uncertainty in several West and Central African nations, marked by a resurgence of military coups.

Recent years have witnessed coups in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, and Gabon, contributing to heightened regional concerns.

Source: Premium Times

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