A Nigerian woman, Elizabeth Olufemilayo Ogegor, and two other Sierra Leone Airport Authority workers Kugbei Tucker and Baindu Lansana were on Friday refused bail by Magistrate Bankole Shyllon at the Freetown Magistrate Court No 3 when they made their first appearance.
The three are facing four counts of conspiracy to commit felony; unlawful possession of cocaine; trafficking of cocaine to the United Kingdom and trafficking of cocaine.
In his application for bail Lawyer Suliaman Kabba Koroma, on behalf of the accused persons, told the presiding Magistrate that since the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Oladipo Robin Mason, had not presented witnesses he was craving the indulgence of the court to grant his clients bail.
He further told the court that, “the case before you is mere allegation and my clients have credible sureties who can ensure that they are present before the court whenever the case comes up”.
The DPP replied that investigation into the case was concluded recently and that that was why he had no witnesses in court.
He also drew the attention of the court to the fact that “the first accused is not a Sierra Leonean”, and in that light opposed granting the accused persons bail.
After carefully listening to both counsels’ arguments, Magistrate Shyllon told the court that since the matter was being heard for the first time he would not grant any bail.
Counsels representing the accused persons were CF Edwards, Nye Cuffie and Amadu Koroma among others.
Second hearing of the matter comes up on June 4.