The Sierra Leone Police Force had declared David Kamara alias David Prezo of the Bike Riders Association wanted prior to the violence perpetrated by riders in Freetown last week. This was made known on Tuesday 14th June 2016 at a press briefing held at Police Headquarters in Freetown.

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According to a Police Press Statement, on Thursday 9th June 2016 groups of motor bike riders (Okada riders) engaged in multiple riotous and criminal conducts that led to the burning down of tyres on major roads in Freetown and the burning down of a vehicle belonging to the Office of National Security (ONS) and the setting ablaze of about five motor bikes that were parked at the New England Police Station in Freetown.

Similar attempts were reported to have been made around Up-gun axis but the Police acted promptly to avert the chaos. Reports reaching Police Headquarters also indicate that these Okada Riders have plans to sustain their attacks especially at nights by further resorting to violent confrontations with security personnel.

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It was also indicated that some members of the Sierra Leone Commercial Motor Bike Riders Union executive led by the Riders President, David Kamara had incited their colleagues in the provinces to engage in demonstrations similar to the magnitude currently being perpetrated in Freetown.

The Director of Police Operations, AIG Al-Sheik Kamara encouraged the public to assist the Police with any information that would lead to the arrest of the Riders President and at the same time condemn the acts of lawlessness as they view the intending action of bike riders as a threat to public peace and a direct threat to the safety and security of the state.

Aggrieved bike riders are encouraged to channel their grievances through lawful and peaceful means.

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The briefing was graced by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Frances Allieu Munu who spoke about his brief visit to New York on Peace Keeping mission.

AIG of various regions including Directors of various operations within the Police Force also briefed Journalists about challenges and successes achieved so far in terms of security and professionalism.

The Police applauded citizens for their collaborative efforts in achieving the Global Peace Index which rated Sierra Leone as the most peaceful country in West Africa.