The assistant director of the Criminal Investigations Department in charge of violence crime syndicate, JPJ Conteh, has disclosed that a NEC official in Jembeh, Bo district, was caught in an election fraud on polling day.
Explaining yesterday at a press conference at police headquarters about the incident that occurred on polling day, Mr Conteh said on that day in Jembeh at polling station No 09122 the NEC official, Allieu Koroma, was caught issuing four ballot papers to one Mohamed Kainesie.
He said the NEC official managed to escape but Mohamed Kainesie was arrested and was now at the Bo police helping them with the investigations.
Explaining about the other incidences that occurred on polling day, JPJ Conteh said 12 people were arrested at Goderich and brought to the Central Police Station for various offences ranging from riotous conduct, intimidation to the carrying of offensive weapons.
He also explained that two people were also arrested at Pademba Road polling stations for riotous conduct and an assault on a police officer, so also was an individual caught in possession of a military fatigue.
JPJ Conteh continued that one Amadu Turay was arrested at Lightfoot Boston Street for multiple voting and one Foday Conteh found in possession of three voter IDs bearing his name and photograph.
Explaining about some incidences that occurred in the provinces, he stated that in Bo one Baindu Sannoh was arrested with two voter IDs; one registered in Bo and the other in Kailahun both bearing two different names. In Kamakwe, he went on, a school teacher named Dauda Dumbuya was arrested at a village called Kasasi for offences of intimidation and obstructions. And also in Kamakwe an Isuzu Jeep with registration number ACP 580 was intercepted by the police carrying on board 13 people who were taken to intimidate voters.
He explained that on Monday an Isuzu jeep with registration number ACU 121 was alleged that on polling day it had some youth on board moving from polling station to station intimidating people.
Asked about what had been done about allegations made by the outgoing vice president Solomon Berewa that one of his bodyguards was beaten by a police officer on polling day, he answered “sorry I cannot answer that. It’s for the strategic members and it is dealt at the strategic level”