SLP CYBER UNIT ENHANCES ITS STRIDES IN RETRIEVING STOLEN PHONES

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The Sierra Leone Police (SLP) under the leadership of Ambrose Michael Sovula (IGP) is not only a force for good, but a force to reckon with. They deserve commendations for diligent service to the nation despite the daily challenges they face.  This came against the backdrop that the Force has in recent weeks intensified not only its operation on drug dealers but also other criminals including those who are involved in phone thievery and other cybercrimes.

The SLP Cyber unit is charged with the responsibility to track down criminals through the computer system. Stealing of phones with impunity used to be the order of the day but the operation of the cyber unit has rendered that act unfashionable as they have retrieved many stolen phones and charged the culprits to court.

Since last year, an investigation on a stolen Tecno Camon phone which was stolen on 25th September, 2020 was carried out by a team of Cyber Unit personnel, led by Janet Biango. The investigation commenced in earnest until quite recently when one of the users (3) was located. The phone was finally retrieved on Monday 16th August 2021, together with 3 suspects from the Moa Wharf Community. The suspects are already in police custody helping with investigations.

Meanwhile, the Inspector in charge of the Cyber Lab has assured all Sierra Leoneans that with the much needed public cooperation, the Cyber Unit will leave no stone unturned in the vigorous clampdown on phone thieves in the city and across the nation. Phone owners are however advised to always reserve their International Mobile Equipment identity (IMEI) number, name, type of phone, maybe with receipts and other relevant related documents to help the Cyber unit in their investigations.

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