United States Embassy has issued special travel advisory notes to it citizens in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 4th November 2018.
They called on their citizens in Sierra Leone to exercise increased caution in Sierra Leone due to crime.
“Violent crime, such as armed robberies and assaults, is common,” the release stated.
They continued that the Local Sierra Leone Police lack the resources, capacity, and training to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
“The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Freetown at night, as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travelling outside the capital after dark,” they caution their citizens.
They advised their citizens not to physically resist any robbery attempt and at the same time not to display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelleries.
That they should exercise caution when walking or driving at night and ensure that they always carry a copy of their U.S. passport and visa (if applicable) and keep original documents in a secure location.
That they should enrol in the Smart Traveller Enrolment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate them in an emergency as well as following the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
That they should also review the Crime and Safety Report for Sierra Leone and that US citizen who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.
True to the security threats raised by the US Embassy; no wonder that President Bio whenever moving around the country travels with over 4 Anti Aircrafts (AA) guns mounted on peacock vans supported by well armed military personnel as Presidential escort.