Alfred Palo Conteh
|Alfred Paolo Conteh|
|Minister of Defense and National Security|
October 26, 2007
|President||Ernest Bai Koroma|
|Preceded by||Ahmad Tejan Kabbah|
|Born||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|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|
|Service/branch||Sierra Leone Army|
|Years of service||1976-1992|
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.
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.
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.
- "Combat-Clad Minister Shocks Sierra Leone", Awareness Times, January 11, 2008.