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Sierra Leone ex-president a suspect in botched coup – Police

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80 suspects have been named following a failed coup attempt on November 26 in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, local police have said.

Former president Ernest Bai Koroma is among the suspect in the ongoing investigation.

Koroma was granted administrative bail with specific confinement at his residence in Freetown, while the remaining 79 suspects are in custody at the criminal investigations department.

William Fayia Sellu, inspector general of police in Sierra Leonean, told a press conference Tuesday that over 50 serving military officers, and five dismissed military officers, were involved in the botched coup.

Mr Koroma’s daughter, Dankay Koroma, was also named among 54 wanted suspects in a list the police updated on Tuesday.

The government has promised a monetary reward to anyone with information that could lead to the capture of these suspects.

Mr Koroma last week said he would “trust due process and the rule of law to prevail” following the allegations against him.

Meanwhile, Ecowas, an alliance of West African countries, has approved the deployment of its military to Sierra Leone

 

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