Barely five days after the shooting incident at the oil refinery at Kissy Dockyard, east of the capital, Abu Assief Khanu, Foday Kanu and 26 others yesterday were arraigned before Magistrate Bankole Shyllon at the Freetown Court No 3.
They stand accused on 11 count charges. These range from robbery with aggravation, shooting with intent to kill police officers with intent to commit murder, riotous conduct, throwing missiles on police officers, wounding with intent of detective police constable Victor Gumbu, assault on police, assault occasioning actual bodily harm among others.
Making his application for bail, lawyer Osho Williams who appeared for the accused persons asked the court to put his clients on bail on the grounds that they were Sierra Leoneans who would not jump bail.
He added that, “it is unfortunate that the prosecution witnesses are not ready to go on”.
Countering the defense lawyer’s application, Inspector Dunia informed the court that the accused persons fired at the police, adding that police were still investigating a related matter in which this case emanated.
Inspector Dunia maintained that if the accused persons were granted bail there would be precedence and that it was likely that the accused persons would forestall police investigations.
He disclosed that on count three police were currently investigating the source of weapons (gun and machetes) which the accused were alleged armed with.
After listening to applications made by both sides, Magistrate Shyllon said he would grant the accused bail on the grounds that the police had granted some accused bail on such an offence.
He slammed 50 millions Leones bail to each of the accused persons.
The matter was adjourned to February 25.