A Police constable 11506 Magnus Amara attached to the Kenema police division is currently in police custody as his colleague police officers continue to investigate him.
According to the media officer 10190 Kposowa Anslem the accused on Saturday 23/8/08 at around 5am in the company of four other colleagues – three of them in uniform went to off load a DAF truck with registration number ACK 599 while it was packed along Bondo street loaded with foam mattresses.
The assistant driver Gbenga was reportedly sleeping under the truck when these officers came to the truck and cut the rope which was tied to secure the foam mattresses and started transporting them to an unknown destination.
Unfortunately for them while dragging one of the mattresses one of the drivers mate woke up and came out. All of them ran away with their belongings and he decided to particularly chase the accused who was dressed in a police issued overall with the mattress on his head shouting behind him thief thief.
The accused reportedly ran in a different direction from his other colleagues along Kaisamba Terrace. Luck ran out for him as civilians along the street came out in full force and started chasing him until he was captured with the mattress. As expected the civilians administered jungle justice to him raining a few slaps and kicks before he was taken to the police station along with the mattress as exhibit.
The driver of the truck – Mohamed Kamara of Horton lane in Freetown disclosed that the load was for a Lebanese businessman Sadalah Chalhoub of Panguma and Dodo store at 27 Hangha road in Kenema.
Chalhoub told the press that six of the mattresses were missing and one was found with the police personnel arrested by the civilians and his colleague police are presently investigating him. Most residents here in Kenema are now asking themselves who can they trust in terms of protecting life and property when the traditional holders of that function are now being found violating it?