Mahama defuses volatile situation in Sierra Leone

Mahama defuses volatile situation in Sierra Leone

- Former President Mahama saved a dire situation in Sierra Leone after Wednesday's election

- There had been a near altercation between the police and the main opposition party over issues of hacking

- But Mr Mahama intervened and had the matter resolved, according to a BBC correspondent

Former President John Mahama has defused what could have ended up as a chaotic situation in Sierra Leone on Wednesday.

The West African country held its general elections and Former President Mahama was there as the leader of the Commonwealth observer mission.

But as the results started trickling in, the police stormed the office of the opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), led by Julius Maada Bio, while they were monitoring the elections.

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Their mission was to search the premises over allegations that the SLPP was hacking the results coming in.

Bio and his team brushed off the claims saying the police was trying to intimidate them.

The situation nearly turned chaotic but for the timely intervention of former President Mahama.

According to the BBC's Umaru Fofana, "Mr. Mahama visited the place and the standoff ended after [the] matter was resolved."

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"Former Ghanaian President and head of the Commonwealth election observer mission to #SierraLeone John Mahama has defused a volatile situation. Police had surrounded the office of the main opposition leader, Julius Maada Bio, where he and his team were monitoring the elections across the country. Mahama visited the place and the standoff ended after matter was resolved.

The head of the police criminal investigations department, Mohamed Kamara told me that they’d gone to search the premises on allegations that there was some hacking of the election results underway. Bio and his team shrugged off the allegations saying the move was an intimidation antic. The electoral commission say their system cannot be hacked because it is basic and manual," Fofana posted on Facebook.

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Former President Mahama has been in Sierra Leone since Monday and was not able to attend the 61st Independence Anniversary celebrations.

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