Luck ran out for Abdul Sillah a so-called freelance journalist on Tuesday, when his attempt to impersonate Awoko reporter Muctarr King backfired at the Tertiary Educational Centre (TEC).
According to report from the institution, Sillah and two others had stormed the TEC requesting fifteen gallons of fuel to convey the remains of a colleague to Kamabai in the Northern Province.
But rather unfortunately for the trio, a staff member called the Awoko office to enquire whether indeed we are mourning the death of a colleague, to which the response was no.
They went further to call in person at the office to show the letter written for the demand of the fuel. It was at this point that management instructed them to arrest the impersonators and take them to Central Police station.
When the officials returned to their TEC office it was discovered that two of the three impersonators had made good their escape but Abdul Sillah was arrested.
One of them had in his possession the fake identification card of Muctarr King, who even produced his ID card to the police.
The letter written to Professor Kamara reads: “Dear Prof. Kamara, as per our telephone discussion in respect of the fifteen (15) gallons of fuel requested to convey the remains of our colleague at Kamabai, kindly attend to the bearer of this letter who is also a colleague. Bearer is with my ID card to show that I sent him. Thanks in advance. Best wishes Muctarr King (Awoko Press)”
Sillah spent the night at the Adelaide Street Police hopefully he will be charged to court soon.
Editor’s note:- we continue to appeal to members of the public to cross check with our office when reporters make any such demands for whatever assistance from them. We at Awoko are not in the habit of making any such requests, so please help us catch these impersonators who want to destroy the good image we have struggled to build over the past eleven years. Thank You.