Sierra Leone vice president seeks asylum at US embassy

Samuel Sam-Sumana, who was expelled from APC party this month, says he made request after soldiers surrounded his home.

    Samuel Sam-Sumana (centre right) has requested asylum at the US embassy in Freetown [AP]
    Samuel Sam-Sumana (centre right) has requested asylum at the US embassy in Freetown [AP]

    Sierra Leone's vice president, Samuel Sam-Sumana, has requested asylum at the US embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his home, following his expulsion from the ruling All People's Congress (APC) party this month.

    Sumana was expelled from President Ernest Bai Koroma's APC party after an investigation accused him of creating his own rival political movement, leaving doubt over whether he could continue as vice president.

    "I have fled my house and am with my wife in a place I cannot disclose, waiting to hear from the US ambassador, whom I have asked for asylum," Sam-Sumana told the Reuters news agency on Saturday.

    A source at the US embassy, who did not wish to be named, told Reuters that Sam-Sumana had entered the building. but it was not immediately possible to confirm that officially.

    Government spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay, who said he was travelling with Bai Koroma in northern Sierra Leone, declined to comment.

    In late February, Sam-Sumana said that he was placing himself in a 21-day quarantine after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola amid a surge in new infections in the West African country.

     

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The Victorian Muslims of Britain

    The Victorian Muslims of Britain

    The stories of the British aristocrats who converted to Islam.

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    Going undercover as a sex worker

    A photojournalist describes how she posed as a prostitute to follow the trade in human flesh.

    India's shocking farmer suicide epidemic

    India's shocking farmer suicide epidemic

    Falling into a debt-trap and besieged by bad weather, thousands of farmers are taking their own lives each year.