22nd January 2018
Sierra Leone and Liberia Panic After Shootings in 'Fula Hill' Bong County
By Special Reporter (17/08/16)
Reports of a group of armed persons shooting a film in the interior of Liberia has sent shivers in the spin of Liberia and Sierra Leone.
As the news reverberate in Sierra Leone, Police immediately issued a stern warning and advised the population not to panic and go about their normal businesses as they continue to monitor the situation in Liberia. (Pictured: President Ernest Koroma). Below is the press release by the Sierra Leone:
The Sierra Leone Police notes with concern information doing the rounds in the social media of a pending attack on the State of Sierra Leone. The information has been assessed and so far no evidence has been established to ascertain the veracity of threats of any attack whatsoever.
What has so far been found out is that a certain group with arms and blank rounds shooting a film in the interior of Liberia was spotted in the Bong County without notifying the people of the area. This situation caused fear and panic when photographs of the scene were posted on the social media.
Some ill motivated people have used this incident in Liberia to circulate rumours of pending attacks on Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone Police wishes to assure the general public that there is no evidence to support this claim as security personnel in all areas of the country are on high alert and the security situation is calm and quiet. Members of the public are advised to go about their normal business as there is no cause for alarm.
Meanwhile, the Sierra Leone Police wishes to remind members of the public that it is an offence under the Public Order Act to publish false rumours and propaganda with the intention of causing fear, panic and confusion in the minds of unsuspecting members of the public. Any person caught doing so will face the full force of the law.
You have been warned!
Francis A. Munu
Inspector General of Police
After the police press release, it was eventually discovered that the shootings in a place called 'Fula Hill' in Bong County emanated from a film crew from Sierra Leone who were in Liberia to shoot film scenes. Fears were put to rest in both countries as a result.
Both Liberia and Sierra Leone have experienced bloody civil wars before and any form of unknown gunfire is sure to send panic around. Thankfully, the Bong County gunfire is a false alarm.