Former Sierra Leone President Koroma quizzed by police on failed coup

President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone

Former President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone

By Abubakar Hashim

Former President Ernest Koroma was on Thursday officially invited by the Sierra Leone Police, to provide information on the botched coup.

Information Minister, Chernoh Bah, revealed the information to newsmen on Thursday.

The invitation is premised on the link of his close bodyguards, particularly Leatherboot, who was his closest, even before he assumed the office of the president for 11 years, between 2007 and 2018.

The police want to establish whether there was an organic link between the former President and his three military bodyguards apprehended, with Leatherboot already killed.

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The former President had earlier dissociated himself by issuing a strongly worded statement condemning the coup attempt and expressed shock at the death of his military guard at his Goderich private residence.

The former President has been living in his hometown in Makeni in Northern Sierra Leone.

The former President’s Party, All Peoples Congress APC, had also earlier condemned the coup attempt in a press statement.

The invitation today of Koroma is widely seen as the epic of the ongoing investigations to unearth the immediate and remote causes of the 26, November failed coup, with 60 people arrested, 21 dead, with 14 military personnel who were buried yesterday.

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