Before his approval and subsequent oath taking at State House, last Thursday 19 March at Committee room No.1, the Appointment Committee and Public service interviewed the new Inspector General of Police Ambrose Michael Sovula.
Hon Paul Sam of the Coalition For Change (C4C) asked the inspector General of Police about the aspect of his Curriculum Vitae that has to include his age.
Hon Sam asked the Inspector General of Police why the age is not present in the document, Sovula replied to the committee that he was born in August 1961 and that he is 59 years old.
Hon Amadu Kanu told the inspector General of Police that he is 59 years old but that next year he would be 60 years old which is the retirement age.
The Chairman of the Appointment Committee and Public service Hon Sidie Tunis interjected and informed members of the committee that it’s the prerogative of the president to extend the term of office of the Inspector General of Police and not the committee members to tell the Inspector General of Police whether his term of office will expire next year or not.
Last Friday March 20, at the well of parliament during the approval of Ambrose Sovula, the Leader of the opposition Hon Chernoh Bah said the APC will never forget what happened in April 2018 in the well of parliament when police officers beat up their members and threw them out of parliament.
That the 31 May, 2019 incident that happened in their party office, the Mile 91, and the Kabala incidents are still fresh in their minds.
Hon Abdul Kargbo informed the speaker that during the bye-elections at Constituency 110, it was in the very presence of the current Inspector General of Police that citizens were destroying ballot boxes and he did nothing.
Hon Dr. Kandeh Yumkella informed the Inspector General of Police that every citizen must have access to peaceful demonstration.
Leader of Government Business, Hon Sidie Tunis said the new Inspector General of Police should bring sanity in the police force.
Parliament has approved the Inspector General of Police and four for which he has already subscribed to the oath of office.