Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Alusine Janneh, a Land Surveyor, finds himself in legal trouble as he was remanded in custody on allegations of forging the signature of the Director of Survey and Lands at the Ministry of Lands.
Janneh appeared before Magistrate Marke Ngegba at Pademba Road Court No. 1 in Freetown, facing four forgery-related charges.
According to the police, the accused is alleged to have forged certain documents, specifically a Survey Site Plan dated March 28, 2019, with the purported signature of the Director of Survey and Lands, on a date between February 1st and March 31st, 2023, in Freetown. The police further alleged that Janneh, with the intent to defraud, presented the forged Survey Site Plan, knowing it to be false.
In addition to the forgery charges, Janneh is accused of obtaining NLE 3,500.00 from Karifa Kamara under the pretence of surveying a town lot of land situated in the Forest Compound at No. 2 River Peninsular Road. The accused purportedly produced a survey plan in the names of Abdul Barrie and Salamatu Jalloh, bearing the signature of the Director of Survey and Lands, despite it being false.
Similarly, Janneh allegedly obtained NLE 3,000.00 from Karifa Kamara, claiming he would survey another town lot of land located in the Forest Compound Peninsular Road at No. 3 River Village. Again, he is accused of producing a false survey site plan in the names of Abdul Barrie and Salamatu Jalloh, bearing the Director’s signature.
During the court session, Janneh could not enter a plea as it was a preliminary investigation.
After reading and explaining the charges, Police Prosecutor Inspector Mabel Tarawally informed the court that her witness was absent, preventing her from proceeding with the matter.
Defense Counsel, Lawyer Massaquoi, requested bail for his client, but Magistrate Ngegba declined the plea and remanded Janneh in custody. The case has been adjourned to October 11, 2023.
Inspector Mabel Tarawally is prosecuting the case. SKS/5/10/2023