The Ministry of Information of the Republic of Sierra Leone has announced a nationwide curfew after some unidentified individuals attempted to break into the military armory at the Wilberforce barracks.
“They have all been rebuffed,” a public notice from the ministry said.
Speaking with the BBC, Chenor Bah, the Sierra Leone minister of information said calm has been restored by security apparatus, but “people have been asked to stay indoors to track those who committed the illegal act”.
“We have declared a nationwide curfew. We are asking our residents, our citizens to stay indoors especially because we are in the process of tracking down the retreating renegades who attempted this illegal activity.”
“We will issue an update during the day on the incident across the country.”
When asked whether the attack was an attempted “coup”, Bah said it would be determined by security personnel, but he thinks “it was a coordinated military attack at a major military installation.”
“Once we are through with the investigation and have sufficient information to be able to decide whether this was an attempted coup. We will make that call.”
When asked again about the duration of the curfew, he said “The curfew is very ongoing activities activities when we apprehend these individuals then we can apprehend them as quickly as possible
Bah also added that President Julius Maada Bio is safe, currently at his presidential lodge in Freetown, the nation’s capital.
Bio posted on his Twitter handle informing citizens that peace has been restored by the gallant security forces in the country.
“As the combined team of security forces continue to root out the remnant of fleeing renegades, a nationwide curfew has been declared and citizens are encouraged to stay indoors.”
“We remain resolute in our determination to protect democracy in Sierra Leone and I urge Sierra Leone to unite towards this collective responsibility.”