Severity: Informational Alert

Security: Increased security presence reported in vicinity of the prison on Pademba Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone, due to violent protests April 29.

This alert affects Sierra Leone

This alert began 29 Apr 2020 13:18 GMT and is scheduled to expire 29 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Increased security
  • Location(s): Freetown (map)
  • Date: April 29
  • Impact: Further protests, transport disruptions, increased security possible

Summary
Security forces have deployed to the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road in Freetown April 29, after inmates set fire to several buildings at the facility. Inmates are protesting the government's response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after an individual at the site tested positive to the disease. Officials have reported no casualties or fatalities.

An increased security presence is likely to remain deployed across the affected areas as a precaution. Residual transport disruptions are also possible.

Advice
Avoid the affected area at least through the evening hours of April 29. Monitor local media sources for updates on the protest. Plan for localized road closures and business disruptions around the site. Heed all official security and transport advisories.


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