Reports reaching Sierraloaded claims the former Chairman of Sierra Leone’s Military Junta, National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), His Excellency, Captain Valentine Esegragbo Melvine Strasser is sick.
He reportedly been admitted to a new hospital where he is now receiving treatment after he was moved from 34 Military Hospital in Western Freetown earlier this week.
Family sources say the former junta leader is suffering from health complications due to an RPG fragment injury he sustained in his leg in Liberia as part of Sierra Leone’s contingent to ECOMOG.
Captain Valentine Strasser was a junior military who in 1992 became the world’s youngest Head of State when he seized power three days after his 25th birthday.
He was the leading member in a group of six young Sierra Leonean soldiers who overthrew president Joseph Saidu Momoh in the 29 April 1992 military coup. They established a military junta called the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC).
On January 1996, after nearly four years in power, Strasser was ousted in a second military coup, but this time it was his own NPRC soldiers who were not satisfied with his handling of the peace process. The coup was led by his deputy, Brigadier General Julius Maada Bio.