Alfred Palo Conteh

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Alfred Paolo Conteh
Minister of Defense and National Security
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 26, 2007
President Ernest Bai Koroma
Preceded by Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
Personal details
Born Freetown, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party All People's Congress (APC)
Relations Joseph Saidu Momoh (uncle)
Residence Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alma mater University of London, University of East London
Profession Attorney, Soldier
Religion Christianity
Military service
Allegiance Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Service/branch Sierra Leone Army
Years of service 1976-1992
Rank Major

Alfred Paolo Conteh is a retired Major in the The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and the current Defense Minister of Sierra Leone. He has served as Sierra Leone Defence minister since October 2007, when he was appointed by Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma and was later confirmed by parliament. Conteh is the nephew of former Sierra Leone's President Joseph Saidu Momoh.

Conteh is a keen sprinter and sportman. He was Sierra Leone's 400m record holder in 1982; and its record remains unbroken since. He plays football, volleyball, handball, squash and tennis.

Born and raised in Freetown, to parents from the Limba ethnic group, Conteh enrolled in the Sierra Leone Army as a cadet officer in 1976. In 1981, Conteh became one of the commanding officers of the Sierra Leone Military Police unit, a branch of the Sierra Leone Army.

Conteh went to law school in the United Kingdom. He obtained the Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of London LLB (law) in 1990. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992. He also obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Holborn School of Law in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Alfred Paolo Conteh was born and raised in the neighborhood of Wilberforce in Freetown, Sierra Leone to parents from the Limba ethnic group.

Military service[edit]

Upon graduation from secondary school, Conteh enrolled in the Sierra Leone Army as a cadet officer in 1976. Upon completiong of a two year cadet training in 1978, Conteh was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the Sierra Leone Army and was posted as Platoon Commander at the Benguema barracks in Benguema, Sierra Leone.

In 1981, Conteh became one of the commanding officers of the Sierra Leone Military Police unit, a branch of the Sierra Leone Army. In 1983, Conteh was promoted to Captain.

Law school[edit]

He went to law school in 1986 in the United Kingdom. He obtained the Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the University of London LLB (law) in 1990. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1992. He also obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Holborn School of Law in the United Kingdom.

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