The Former President Of Sierra Leone Bar Association Basita Micheal Analyzes On Arrest And Detention of Dr. Femi Claudius Cole and Dr. Denies Bright after spending the night at the Sierra Leone Police HeadQuarter
Layer Basita Micheal stated
This morning, together with colleagues from @ILRAJ, we visited Dr. Femi Claudius-Cole and Dr. Dennis Bright at the CID.
Initially, we were told we needed the approval of the Operations Officer. However, another officer intervened and allowed us access together with members of the Press.
The Mayor of Freetown, lawyer Wara Serry-Kamal, lawyer Alpha Amadu Bah (MP) and lawyer Hassan Kamara were also present.
We spoke to Dr. Dennis Bright. Following our conversation, I was left perplexed as to the reasons for his detention. All he did was to accompany Dr. Femi Claudius-Cole to the CID.
Dr. Bright seems unwell. He informed us that he needs to make preparations for the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Philomena Yumkella.
During our meeting,we were informed that a warrant had been issued to search the premises of the Unity Party on allegations that there were arms and ammunition in the said office. Together with the Mayor and our colleagues, including Wara and Alpha, we accompanied Dr. Claudius-Cole and the police team comprising over a dozen police officers to the Unity Party office.
We waited there until the search was conducted in the presence of lawyers. The Mayor and I stayed downstairs. The search took over an hour. At the end of the search, we were informed that no arms or ammunition were found on the premises.
From the search at the party office, Dr. Claudius-Cole was taken to the CID. We were then told that there was another search warrant for her house at Syke Street. Lawyers and the Mayor accompanied the police to her residence. On our arrival, we met over a dozen armed Police Officers outside her house, including OSDs. They searched the house, garage, store, etc and found nothing.
Dr. Claudius-Cole was taken back to the CID and is still in custody. Our pleas for her and Dr. Dennis Bright to be granted bail fell on deaf ears. Dr. Bright has still not been informed of the reasons for his detention.