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Posted 11/26/2018

Racks and chains in one of the newly constructed armouriesRacks and chains in one of the newly constructed armouriesThe newly appointed Commissioner of the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms, Brig-Gen (Rtd) Tamba R. Allieu (OOR), over the past few days has been on a familiarization and assessment tour in the newly constructed and rehabilitated military and police armouries in the North western and Northern Region of Sierra Leone.

These armouries were built and rehabilitated by SLeNCSA with support from its development partner; Mines Advisory Group (MAG) a UK based humanitarian Non- Governmental Organization assisting Sierra Leone in the Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) of the arms and ammunition of our military and police forces.

The trip, according to the Commissioner was to meet with the various end-users of the newly constructed and rehabilted arms stores in the Masiaka, Port Loko, Lunsar and Mena Police Divisions and Samu Police Training School. The arms stores of 11 Battalion Kambia, Yumkelia forward Patrol Base, 4 Brigade Headquarters Makeni, and 12 Battalion Kabala were also visited. 

Welcoming the Commissioner, the Support Officer of the Masiaka Police Division, Supt. Ola Williams on behalf of the Local Unit Commander thanked the newly appointed Commissioner for taking time off his busy schedule to reach them and to also have firsthand experience of the condition of their arms store that were refurbished at his division. He maintained that the armoury had made it possible for them to safely keep their arms and ammunitions separately without fear of loss or leakages, which to him have made it impossible for weapons to be accessible to wrong individuals. 

The Commissioner urged the end-users of the armouries to use the facilities for their intended purposes. He stressed that the Commission and its development Partner MAG has rehabilitated and constructed those Arms Stores with the main focus on improving the security and safe keeping of firearms and their ammunitions.  He maintained that these armouries, if properly managed, will reduce the risk of theft and diversion.