As the Sierra Leone Police continues to investigate the alleged cocaine scam at the Freetown International Airport in Lungi, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of crime, Francis Munu revealed that, there was no evidence to arrest Kemoh Sesay, Minister of Transport and Aviation.
There have been calls from the public and certain sections of the Media that, the Minister of Transport and Aviation be suspended by the president from his duty and that police investigate him as the political head of the ministry.
Recently, the Minister told newsmen that, he was informed about the arrival and forceful landing of the plane at the Airport by the General Manager of the airport, John Brima and that, based on that, he called and updated the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on the said incident as the president was on his way from the Gambia. And further that, he instructed the Manager to alert security men as the plane was almost landing.
Also the Minister’s two brothers, one of them, being the Team Manager for the national Team Leone Stars, were arrested following suspicion that they had links to the alleged cocaine aircraft. The Minister of Transport and Aviation recently admitted that Ahmed Sesay, the Team Manager for Leone Star was his brother stating that he was a responsible man, and an adult that was responsible for his own action.
However, Francis Munu speaking yesterday to Awoko over the phone stated that, they had not arrested the Transport and Aviation Minister, because they had no evidence against him and that, as a force they “don’t arrest people because they [police] want to persecute but rather, to prosecute”.
The Police Boss in charge of crime services said, they were still collecting forensic evidence from the various scenes related to the alleged cocaine scam and that, they [police] have also got a team of detectives from the United Kingdom to help in analyzing the forensic evidence. “It is true that we have received a team from the UK and they are helping us to analyse the forensic evidence”, Munu said. Asked on the number of arrests that were made, Munu said, 58 were arrested but that they[Police] had released some of those that were recently arrested “because we [police] do not have evidence – sufficient evidence to have them in detention”, Munu stated.
Meanwhile, the alleged cocaine since discovered on board the aircraft had been in the hands of the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone. The number of people arrested included South Americans, Venezuelans, and a number of Sierra Leoneans. Gabriel Kamara, aka GK, believed to be a prime suspect reportedly went missing since police investigations commenced over a week ago. Meanwhile the Airport Acting Manager John Brima has been released by the police.
By John Baimba Sesay