The Monrovia City Government MCC says she’s devastated by the attack on Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown by armed robbers along the Lumley Beach Road, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
‘This sad news brought distress to us upon hearing that she, along with her team of trainers sustained injuries, though not stabbed.We as a City Government and people condemn in the strongest term the act of brutality meted out against Mayor Aki-Sawyerr and her team of trainers, and call on the Government of Sierra Leone to probe an investigation to ascertain the cause of the attack and as well bring the perpetrators to justice,’ a statement from MCC Wednesday in Monrovia.
Mayor Yvonne Aki -Sawyerr was attacked Tuesday while doing routine training along Lumley Beach, her office said in a statement ‘Mayor Aki-Sawyerr, together with her trainer, was attacked by robbers armed with knives whilst she was out on a morning run along the Lumley Beach Road. Though she sustained bruises, she was not stabbed.’
The statement continued ‘The matter has been reported at the Lumley Police Station. The Mayor is understandably shaken and spent the day away from the office. Thanks to all those that have reached out to express concern about the Mayor’s well being following the incident.’
The Monrovia City Government thorugh Mayor Jefferson Koijee who recently hosted Mayor Sawyerr; however, called the attack senseless and unpatriotic requesting the government of Sierra Leone to handle the matter expeditiously.
‘Our hearts go out to the victims and their families; there is a great deal we do not know about the perpetrators, their motivation, and other critical aspects about the attack on Mayor Aki-sawyerr and her team, but as they undergo medical attention, we as a City Government and people are in solidarity with them and pray for their speedy recovery,’ the statement concluded.
Mayor Sawyerr spent a great number of days in Monrovia attending the 45th Monrovia Day as guest of her Liberian counterpart, Jefferson Koijee. The trip afforded her an opportunity to see first hand Liberia’s tourism and visit with women stakeholders including former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.