Ahmed Sahid Nasralla who is the outgoing SLAJ Secretary General said they are in touch with the police to bring the book the culprits who allegedly beat up the late man leading to his death. He also stated that the criminal libel should be repealed.
Pastor Israel Turay one of the Samura family members, said the late Ibrahim Samura was friendly and passionate and liked to help friends and members of the family.
Victor Lewis who is a friend to the late man, said the late man was against corruption and oppression and violence, adding that he was a friend of Samura for over 13 years and that the late man. He encouraged family members to take heart and know that all is not lost.
Ballaynatu Samura who is the founder of the Ibrahim Samura Foundation said the late Samura was a human rights activist. She mentioned that the police are not doing anything towards finding those that were involved in the alleged murder of her father.
She stressed that the initiative to form a foundation in his memory is to protect the rights of other humans not to become victims of brutality and violence as his father had been before his death.
Thomas Dixon who is also a friend to the late Samura said that the time of mourning is over and the time to remember his legacy has begun, adding that after the post-mortem ordered by the Sierra Leone Police nothing was done to find the murderers. He called for the attention of the government, SLAJ and human rights activists to urge the police to find the culprits and bring them to book. He encouraged journalists to fight on and move towards making a change in the society.
Chairman for Independent Media Commission George Khoryama said Samura’s death is something that should keep journalists alive to the fight for democracy and freedom of speech and he donated on behalf of the IMC five million Leones in support of the foundation.
Lamaran Bah, AYV Deputy Director News and Current Affairs, said he has known the late man for a couple of years and was motivated by him through his work as a journalist. Lamrana donated one million Leones on behalf of the Reporters Union and two million Leones on behalf of AYV Media Empire.