Some 60 army and warrant officers took oaths of allegiance to defend Sierra Leone's President and people at all times.
SV President arrives and standing on dias
CU President saluting
SV VIPs seated
SV President inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
GV Officers taking oath
CU Vice-President reading oath
SCU & SV Officers sign oath and drinking water from cups (2 shots)
SV Officers salute and march off
CU President speaks
GV PAN..Officials listening
CV Band and troops marching past (2 shots)
Initials ES.1712 ES 1727
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Background: Some 60 army and warrant officers took oaths of allegiance to defend Sierra Leone's President and people at all times. The oaths were administered in Freetown on Tuesday (29 September). Attending the ceremony was Sierra Leone's President Dr. Siaka Stevens. The President declared that his government would not hesitate to take stern action against anyone, be it a soldier or civilian, who tried to upset the affaire of the country by subversive or unlawful means. Sierra Leone has had a history of army coups both successful and unsuccessful and earlier this year there were two assassination attempts against President Stevens.
SYNOPSIS: Sierra Leone President, Dr. Siaka Stevens, arrived at the Wilberforce Barracks in Freetown on Tuesday. He was there to attend a ceremony in which 60 army officers took oaths of allegiance to defend the President and People of Sierra Leone at all times.
Earlier this year President Stevens was the target of two assassination attempts by groups of dissident soldiers. At that time, soldiers entered the Prime Ministers compound and tried to gun down Dr. Stevens in his bedroom.
The officers taking the oath at the ceremony were told by the President that if anyone of them was unable to perform their duty, they should act honourably by relinquishing their posts.
After the officers signed the oaths of allegiance, they drank the cups of water that were a part of the official ceremony. Guests attending the event included members of the diplomatic corps.
At the ceremony, President Stevens told the audience that his government would not hesitate to take stern action against anyone, solider or civilian, who upset the affairs of the nation by subversive or unlawful means. He further stated that the Sierra Leone Government was determined to see that law and order prevailed so that development could proceed in the nation as planned.