SLAJ iVerify has fact checked the above claim and found it to be misleading.
Sierra Leone Coup: Former President Koroma’s House in Makeni Barricaded
The SLAJ iVerify fact-checking desk has fact-checked the above claim and found it to be misleading. To arrive at this conclusion, our team of fact-checkers underwent the following steps:
SLAJ iVerify conducted a visit to the main road leading to the residence of former President Ernest Bai Koroma in Makeni in the early hours of January 3. It was observed that the house was not barricaded by security operatives as claimed. However, a joint security force, comprising both policemen and military personnel, has increased its presence at the two entrance gates of the former president’s residence. It’s worth noting that this heightened security is not on the highway road or the roads leading to the ex-president’s Makeni residence.
SLAJ iVerify reached out to Sergeant John Abass Kamara, the regional spokesman of the Sierra Leone Police in the Northeast region. He clarified that the officers stationed at both entrance gates are fulfilling their core mandate as a force for good. He further added that their primary responsibility is to protect the lives and properties of citizens in Sierra Leone and, by extension, safeguard the country from internal aggression.
Furthermore, SLAJ iVerify contacted the office of the former President to comment on the said development, citing that the issue is geared towards curbing the underlying security threats.
SLAJ iVerify fact-checker’s visit to the main road leading to the residence of former President.
Sergeant John Abass Kamara, regional spokesman of the Sierra Leone Police
Office of the former President