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Tam Baryoh Sent To Pademba Road


Tam Baryoh Sent To Pademba Road

David Tam Bayoh of the Monologue radio programme fame whose arrest order was signed by President Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday was yesterday whisked to the maximum Pademba Road prisons in Freetown.
Tam was arrested late Monday evening at his radio station in Tenbgeh Town and taken to the head quarters of the Criminal Investigations Department CID where he spent the night. He is reported to have been unkindly treated by the arresting officers most of whom were armed OSDs.
The journalist had complained of chest pain early yesterday prompting SLAJ, the journalists association to consult Dr. Russel for a medical examination who later confirmed Tam was in a state of ‘hypertensive emergency’.
Dr. Russel is said to have advised the CID boss to get a second opinion to avoid bias, but emphasized that Tam needed to get admitted to avoid what he referred to as ‘medical crisis’ .
BBC’s Umaru Fofana, one of the few people who saw Tam as he was being processed at the Pademba Road prison stated in the social media that he saw the journalist “struggling to stand upright as he repeatedly bent down and held his knees”
Tam’s arrest order was signed by President Koroma himself and will remain in force, until ‘it pleases His Excellency’. He confirmed to SLAJ’s President Kelvin Lewis that he was shown the Executive Order when he arrived at the CID on Monday.
Although no official reason has been given for his arrest, it is rumoured that his Molologue programme last Saturday in which he drew parallel between the fleeing Burkinabe President Blaise Campaore and President Koroma may have angered the Sierra Leonean leader.
Meanwhile the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists has in no uncertain terms condemned the arrest of the journalist by armed police without according him the right to legal counsel, let alone informing him with his crime.

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