Abu Bakarr Sankoh, a sweeper at “Cow Yard”, was caught in the late hours of Tuesday at Jomo Kenyatta Road stealing National Power Authority (NPA) cables.
An eyewitness said it was about 2am when they heard the sound of cable falling down and, they then rushed to the scene where they saw Abu Bakarr on the ground while two other men were folding the cables.
“The moment these guys saw us they started running leaving the cables on the ground. Abu Bakarr was unable to run faster as he was too weak and so we were able to catch him in a house,” the eyewitness said.
The witness continued that when they questioned him [Abu Bakarr], the accused explained to them how they had been cutting cables which they sold to one Mr Lamin at Portee for Le5, 000 per yard.
But at the police station Abu Bakarr, who lives at Marbellah around Dove Cot, changed his story. He said he was at the Josben Complex where he and friends were partying.
As he was to sweep early in the morning “at about 12 midnight I then decided to leave Josben for Marbellah and I had to go through Jomo Kenyatta Road around New England Ville… when a guy met me, and asked me what I was doing there at that time of the night.”
The alleged NPA cable theft further said, “I told the guy that I was finding a place to excrete and he directed me to the river side. As I was heading towards the river side I was attacked by this guy and other men alleging that I had felled the NPA pole. And I was seriously beaten, tied and brought to the police station.”
Questioned as to whether he was engaged in stealing NPA cables, Abu Bakarr Sankoh said he had never done such an act and would never do so.
NPA’s PRO, Victor Wilson-Clarke, said the case of cable theft had ceased for a very long time now because people had been cooperating with NPA as they report any such matter.