“We have a few Sierra Leoneans who live in the diaspora who have threatened to unleash terror in Sierra Leone,” he said, in an apparent reference to an anti-government Sierra Leonean commentator living in the Netherlands who had called for protests this week.
The president “was mostly referring to Adebayor and other fringe elements who might be anti-government,” Mr. N’jai, the analyst, said of a commentator with a wide following among youths who is known only by his nickname.
“He’s been able to fill up a huge vacuum, because of the lack of confidence in the government,” he added about Adebayor. “People listen to him religiously.”
On Friday, an overnight curfew was still in place even as calm had returned to Freetown. The military could be seen patrolling on the streets.
Thousands of the stalls that line up Freetown’s most popular street market, and where many of the female protesters worked, had been destroyed overnight.
It was unclear who was behind the destruction, but Freetown’s mayor, Yvonne Aki Sawyerr, an opponent to the current government, said in a statement the city council was not responsible for it.
Lamrana Bah contributed reporting from Freetown, Sierra Leone.