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False

FACT-CHECKED

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No, the claim that Sierra Leone Police has been informed to vacate the ECSL premises at Kingtom is false. ECSL has no office at Kingtom.

SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked the claim that Sierra Leone Police leadership has been informed to vacate the ECSL premises at Kingtom to make way for ECOWAS standby force and found it to be false.
SLP, ECOWAS and ECSL deny the claim.

Claim

Sierra Leone Police leadership has been informed to vacate the ECSL premises at Kingtom in Freetown. ECOWAS standby force will soon be deployed in that location.

Rating Justification

A widely circulated screenshot resembling a Twitter / X post on WhatsApp forums claims that the “Sierra Leone Police leadership has been instructed to vacate the ECSL premises at Kingtom in Freetown. ECOWAS standby force will soon be deployed in that location. This will serve as a deterrent to any group of individuals who think they can flout the signed agreement.”

SLAJ-iVerify has fact-checked this claim and determined it to be false.

To reach this conclusion, SLAJ-iVerify reached out to the Sierra Leone Police and the Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone (ECSL), and ECOWAS Office in Freetown, they denied any knowledge of the claim. ECSL further clarified that they do not have an office at Kingtom.

The claim is accompanied by a photo depicting a well-organized queue of military officers. SLAJ-iVerify also fact-checked the photo and discovered that the group of military officers depicted are not from ECOWAS. Rather, they are a coalition of African forces dispatched to Mozambique by Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states and Rwanda to combat Islamist militants’ insurgency in Mozambique.

The photo was originally published in 2021 by various media platforms, including VOA, D.W., and others reporting on the event.

Evidence and References

Head of Sierra Leone Police Media, ACP Brima Kamara;

ECSL Communications, Raymond Jone;

ECOWAS Official: Benga Sama;

D.W Report on the SADC and Rwandan forces in Mozambique. https://www.dw.com/en/mozambique-welcomes-african-forces-to-help-tackle-insurgency/a-58647838

Similar report by V.AO https://www.voanews.com/a/africa_rwanda-troops-mozambique-claim-progress-against-jihadists/6209205.html