Samuel Sam-Sumana, vice president of Sierra Leone, is seeking political asylum at the country’s U.S. embassy after soldiers surrounded his home on Saturday, BBC News reports.

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Sam-Sumana and his wife fled their residence and are reportedly awaiting word from the U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone. Police officials confirmed that they were sent to Sam-Sumana’s residence on Saturday, but they would not say on whose orders they acted.

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Sierra Leone’s ruling party expelled the vice president one week ago, accusing him of lying about his faith, formenting violence, and falsifying academic credentials, allegations Sam-Sumana has denied. Two weeks ago, the vice president announced he would enter a voluntary quarantine after his bodyguard died of Ebola, in order to “lead by example.” Sarah Eberspacher