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Acting Head of Sierra Leone Prisons Refutes Resignation Rumors

By: Mabinty M Kamara

Claim: Colonel Massaquoi, the Acting Head of Prisons in Sierra Leone, has submitted his resignation letter this evening for personal reasons.

Verdict: FALSE

Full Text: Contrary to circulating rumours on social media platforms, Colonel Massaquio has dismissed the claim of his resignation from the position of Acting Director of Sierra Leone Correctional Center.

“My attention has been drawn to a social media post which says that I have resigned my position as Acting Director of Sierra Leone Correctional Center. I wish to make it explicitly clear that the information is not only false and baseless but intended to smear my character and paint me bad,” he said.

He added, “The general public is advised to ignore the baseless story and is assured of my loyalty to the Oath that I took to defend the country and protect the constitution of Sierra Leone.”

Methodology:

Both Colonel Massaquoi and the Prisons Communications Unit have issued a disclaimer, refuting the baseless rumours and affirming his continued commitment to his role.

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Bio’s Press Secretary Resigns

By: Mabinty M. Kamara

Claim: Solomon Jamiru has resigned as Presidential Press Secretary

Verdict: TRUE

Full Text: Solomon Jamiru, the Presidential Press Secretary, has indeed submitted a two-month notice of resignation, a fact confirmed by reliable sources close to State House.

Methodology: Although direct confirmation from Jamiru was unavailable, reliable sources close to State House have confirmed his resignation notice. The resignation takes effect in March this year.

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EDSA’s New Celebration Offer is FAKE!

By: Mabinty M. Kamara

Claim:

EDSA is distributing free 70 electricity units to all new and old customers to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Get yours now. HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM EDSA

CLICK BELOW TO GET
https://edsa.sl.officialgovt.site/

 

Verdict: FALSE  

 

Methodology:

A verified press statement from the Electricity Distribution Supply Authority (EDSA) which the SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom fact-checkers are in possession of in which the authority clearly dissociated itself from such offers, noting that it is a false claim.

 

Conclusion:

The said link is fake and should not be countenanced by EDSA customers across the country.

This Fact Check is a part of the SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom initiative combating disinformation in Sierra Leone’s 2023 electoral cycle, supported by Global Affairs Canada.

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Former President Koroma Faces Treason Trial  

By Mabinty M. Kamara 

Verdict: True

The former President on the 3rd of January 2024 appeared at the Pademba Road magistrate court in Freetown to answer to four count charges including Treason in relation to the November 26 attempted coup in Sierra Leone.

 

Methodology:

To verify this claim, SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom fact-checkers contacted court officials and colleagues in the courtroom.

A verified press release from the Ministry of Communication confirmed the claim.

Conclusion:

It is confirmed that the former two-term president of Sierra Leone is currently undergoing treason trial among other charges in relation to his alleged involvement in the November 2023 attempted Coup in Sierra Leone. He is currently on bail.

This Fact Check is a product of the SLAJ/NDI SuperNewsRoom on Combating Disinformation in Sierra Leone’s 2023 electoral cycle. The project is supported by Global Affairs Canada

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