The main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has extended its deepest condolences to the families of the two youths who were gunned down on June 5 this year by armed Police personnel at Wellington in the eastern outskirts of Freetown.
The victims, a pupil of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School, Ishmael Sillah and Alie Sankoh were part of the vigilante group formed by youths following the spate of armed robbery in the community.
The SLPP delegation was led by the Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr. Kadi Sesay, the Acting Regional Chairman of the Western Area, Mr. Brima Keita, and the East District Chairman, Mr. Mohamed Kamara aka Med Kay who earlier introduced the delegation and explained the purpose of their visit.
Speaking on behalf of the presidential Candidate, Retired Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio and the entire SLPP membership, Dr. Kadi Sesay, expressed condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families, noting that the two youths died as heroes while defending their community from the wrath of armed robbers.
She assured them that as an opposition party, they will be monitoring the inquest set up by the Government to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of the two young men.
She assured the bereaved families and the youths that whosoever is found wanting will face the full penalty of the law irrespective of his or her position or connection.
Dr. Kadi Sesay admonished the youths to be law abiding citizens, adding that as the elections are around the corner, they should not allow politicians to use them to engage in violence and other electoral malpractices for their own selfish interests.
She presented an undisclosed amount in envelopes to each of the bereaved family members.
Responding to the sentiments, a representative of the bereaved families thanked the SLPP delegation for their gesture, which he said is timely, noting that it is not for the money but their presence will help to cool down the tensions that have rising in the community.
Hundreds of youths within the Wellington community gave a rousing welcome to Dr. Kadi Sesay and her entourage.