After a long period of silence and keeping the nation in suspense, the Sierra Leone Police have at last released a statement about their reasons for arresting popular politician and journalist, Dr. Sylvia Blyden.
POLICE STATEMENT IN ARREST OF SYLVIA BLYDEN
“Following cyber-related intelligence reports received at various times, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) Friday 1st May, 2020, went to the residence of Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, at Cockle Bay, with the intention to arrest and investigate her for Incitement and Subversion. (Photo: Head of Sierra Leone Police – IG Soluva).
“The team of detectives arrived at her residence at 07:15 hours of the same day but were deliberately denied access to the premises by Dr. Blyden, until 15:30 hours.
“After the detectives finally gained entrance into the said premises, a search warrant was executed which led to three phones and three laptop computers retrieved from her for examination and analysis.
“She (Dr. Blyden) was also taken into custody at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and still being detained, helping the Police with the investigation.
“The public will be updated of development as the investigation progresses.” END OF STATEMENT .
What has been surprising also is that during a search they conducted in the home of Dr. Blyden, the Police seized a huge picture frame of former President Ernest Koroma, which they said was to be used as part of their evidence against Blyden. Here was a report by Journalist Amadu Lamrana Bah. Deputy Head of Police Media,ASP Samuel Saio Conteh has confirmed that a picture frame of former President Koroma and other documents were part of the items taken away as evidence from Dr Sylvia Blyden’s office after Police searched her home in Freetown for the second time on Wednesday. He says the search warrant was executed in the presence of Dr.Blyden’s Lawyer and the media.
While Sierra Leoneans ridiculed the Police on social media, they quickly reversed themselves and released the following statement : Head of CID, AIG Brima Jah says the picture frame of former President Koroma that was retrieved from Dr. Sylvia Blyden’s residence is of no importance to the investigation of alleged incitement against the opposition politician. He said the Police Officer who took the photo and said it will be used as an exhibit to the investigation was just “trigger happy.”