Rumors making rounds on social media claims the former Chairman of Sierra Leone’s Military Junta, National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), His Excellency, Captain Valentine Esegragbo Melvine Strasser has just passed away.

Valentine Strasser

He reportedly died at the age of 49. Unfortunately, this is the second time this year rumors of his death will be trending in Sierra Leone.

Sierraloaded believes the report are untrue as there has been no formal communication from the families of the former military leader.

Captain Valentine Strasser was a junior military who in 1992 became the world’s youngest Head of State when he seized power three days after his 25th birthday.

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He was the leading member in a group of six young Sierra Leonean soldiers who overthrew president Joseph Saidu Momoh in the 29 April 1992 military coup. They established a military junta called the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC).

On January 1996, after nearly four years in power, Strasser was ousted in a second military coup, but this time it was his own NPRC soldiers who were not satisfied with his handling of the peace process. The coup was led by his deputy, Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio.