The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it has learnt with utter disgust a plot by certain individuals to acquire arms and disturb the peace and constitutional order in Sierra Leone. 

In a press statement dated Sunday, November 26, 2023, ECOWAS condemned the act and called for the arrest and prosecution of those involved. “ECOWAS condemns this act and calls for the arrest and prosecution of all participants in this illegal act.

“ECOWAS reiterates its zero-tolerance for unconstitutional change of Government. ECOWAS government deepen democracy and good governance, consolidate peace and security as well as foster socio-economic development. ECOWAS further underscores its commitment to supporting the to and people of Sierra Leone.”

Officials in neighboring Sierra Leone declared a nationwide curfew early Sunday, Nov. 26 following an attempted infiltration at the Wilberforce military barracks in Freetown.

The nature of the incident is not immediately clear; however, eyewitnesses suggest sporadic gunfire at or near the presidential compound throughout the early hours of Sunday continues. Authorities claim they have repelled the attackers. 

There are no initial reports of casualties. Officials are advising the public to remain indoors; the duration of the curfew is unclear.

In a short message posted on his twitter page, President Bio, confirmed the attacked on the Wiberforce in Freetown-terming it as a security breach in which some unidentified individuals attacked the military armory. However, security forces have repelled the attack and calm has been restored. President Bio stated that as the combined team of our Security Forces continue to root out the remnant of the fleeing renegades, a nationwide curfew has been declared and citizens are encouraged to stay indoors.

“The PEACE of our beloved NATION is PRICELESS and we shall continue to protect the peace and security of Sierra Leone against the forces that wish to truncate our much-cherished stability. We remain resolute in our determination to protect democracy in Sierra Leone, and I urge all Sierra Leoneans to unite towards this collective responsibility.” President Julius Maada Bio stated.

The report of Military infiltration comes a day following a statement by President Julius Maada Bio questioning the pros of military coups within the region.

President Julius Maada Bio discusses whether the region’s military takeovers represent a threat to his country.