Police in Sierra Leone have confirmed the arrest of opposition politician, Kamarainba Mansaray.

Asst. Insp. Gen. of Police Karrow Kamara who spoke to BBC Journalist, Umaru Fofona said  that the ADP leader and presidential candidate was arrested in Freetown “in my presence” and was being taken to Daru in the eastern Kailahun District where he would be charged for illegally possessing a firearm.

He said that during a local council by-election on Saturday in the eastern town, Kamarainba “was intercepted with a high voltage stun gun”.
Asked why he was not arrested on the spot of the alleged seizure, the police commander said they were still investigating the matter which he said had now been completed.

The opposition politician has referred to his arrest as politically motivated. He told me that what he had in his possession was “a power bank with a taser which the Small Arms Office in Freetown had cleared me to use”.

Kamarainba was a member of the ruling APC party until he controversially fell out with them. He later established his party which many see as a thorn in the side of the establishment.