What appeared to be a neatly organized deal among senior workers at the Freetown International Airport, has been unearthed with the interception of a total of 10 suitcases containing mobile phones and there accessories.
It happened early this week, when SLOK Air came from Ghana with goods that were supposed to be examined and chalked to indicate that they had gone through the formalities at the Airport.
As if it were a common practice with most of the well placed workers out there, one Mr Abu from the desk of baggage collections simply went ahead and had the consignment chalked, thereby giving the impression that it has already been processed and free for the owner to take it away.
In fact there was a police van with the inscription ‘Human Rights’ ready to convey it to its next destination without any further questioning.
Sources say, the arrangement did not go down well with some of the junior members of the syndicate who let out the secret to the police. Consequently, the consignment was intercepted by a combined team of police and National Revenue Authority (NRA) personnel.
According to the Crime Officer at the airport police station – Detective Inspector AA Fanbulleh, the matter was handed over to the External Investigation Team of NRA, headed by Rtd. Col Mike Conteh