The Vice President of Kono Student Union (KONSU) at Bo campus Sahr Amara Koroma has told Awoko that, they would protest against the Sierra Leone Police, if action is not effected against a police officer who was recently alleged to have shot one Saffea Lebbie a businessman in Kono.
The incident occured during the early hours of last week Thursday, while the victim was rushing to catch up with Abbess bus to travel to Freetown.
According to Sahr Amara Koroma, last week they traveled to Kono on an invitation from the Ministry of Education to attend an interview for the award of the Sierra Leone Government grant-in-aid, when they learnt that a police officer had shot the said victim who was in possession of over 2 million Leones.
He explained that, the victim had left his Sahr Lebbie street residence in Koidu town as early as 3:30 am last week Thursday to catch up with the Abbess commercial bus to travel to Freetown where he was expected to transact some business.
It was during that movement towards the Koidu Park he said, the victim came across a military officer who guided him to pass through a check point where the police officer was deployed.
On approaching the police check point he added, the victim was ordered to halt, to which he yielded, but a tussle ensued when the officer requested the victim to surrender his bag on detecting the content. He allegedly refused on the grounds that he was in a hast, rushing to catch up with the Abbess commercial bus and besides, the bag contains substantial amount of both local and foreign currencies.
On refusing to surrender the bag, the report added, serious tussle ensued between the two over the bag, in which the officer over powered the victim by shooting him on the foot. On hearing the gun shot, report added, the soldier wasted no time in materializing at the scene where he met the victim in pain.
He was reported to have chased and apprehended the police officer who was in possession of the bag and took both the culprit and the victim to the Tankoro police station for further investigation.
The KONSU VP said the matter was down played by police personnel in Kono, whom he said, prevailed on the victim to keep mute over the issue while responding to medical treatment at the Kono government hospital.
He accused the police in Kono of bribing the victim’s uncle and other family members at Bungalow in Kono with the sum of Le 800, 000 to drop the matter against their colleague.
The content of the bag he said include: Le 1.5 million with additional $ 500 USA Dollars which are yet to be accounted for by the police culprit.
In an interview with SLPP Hon. Philip Tondeneh who has just returned from Kono after 17 days stay, described the incident as unfortunate which he said has attracted the attention of dignitaries of that district.
He confirmed that the Kono District Council Chairman, John Jambasu had already convened a meeting in Kono to get to the bottom of the matter.
By Solomon Rogers