His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio, accompanied by the First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio have on Wednesday December 6th 2023, attended the Inter-Faith Prayers held to honour the seventeen (17) security officers killed whilst defending Democracy during the failed Coup Attempt of November 26th 2023.
The Funeral ceremonies were for a total of 17 fallen heroes made up of 14 military men, 2 police men and 1 correctional service officer and were all held at the Cockeril Military Barracks, Freetown. The honoured remains of some of the 17 fallen heroes were then handed over to their families who opted to bury them in their home towns and villages whilst the remaining men were buried as heroes at the Lumley War Graves in Freetown.
The First Couple attended the Funeral to pay their respects to the fallen 17 soldiers, policemen and correctional service officer and to also show solidarity with their sorrowing families.
The ceremonies were also attended by high-ranking government officials, international Diplomats and representatives from all walks of life in Sierra Leone.
After the Inter-Faith prayers for the fallen soldiers, a series of speeches and tributes were rendered.
Addressing the gathering in his address, H.E. President Bio praised the bravery and ultimate sacrifice of the security personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty and also called for unity and peace among all Sierra Leoneans.
President Julius Maada Bio made a strong commitment to bring justice to the victims and hold the perpetrators accountable, regardless of their status or ranking in society.
H.E. President Bio’s commitment to justice in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt reflects his dedication to upholding the rule of law and ensuring accountability for those involved in the destabilizing actions against the state.
It can be recalled that in the early morning hours of Sunday November 26th 2023, there was a failed attempt to unseat the democratically elected Government.
The government has since announced that the situation is under control, several perpetrators of the coup attempt have been arrested and that the investigation is ongoing.
May the souls of the departed fallen heroes rest in perfect peace.
Strategic Communications Division,
Office of the First Lady,
Republic of Sierra Leone.