The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Crime Services Francis Munu has disclosed to Journalists during a press briefing at Police Headquarters that on Monday they intercepted two 20ft containers of Palm Oil at the Water quay.
According to AIG Munu the sealed containers contained 9,000 gallons of Palm Oil ready for export. Already, the AIG Crime Services disclosed that a man has admitted that he owns 1,800 gallons of the palm oil.
Speaking at the Police Head quarters in Freetown, Minister of Trade Alimamy Koroma said that his ministry is impressed with the effort Police made in curbing unscrupulous people from smuggling essential goods out of the country.
He said that sometime last week he got a call from his colleague minister about these two containers filled with palm oil for exporting. The Trade Minister pointed out that, he was given the address and location of where the stuffing was taking place and the vehicle registration number.
Mr. Koroma disclosed that he shared the information with AIG Munu who alerted his personnel to monitor the containers.
Last Friday, the trade minister disclosed that he almost got frustrated as he was very eager to catch the culprit but his efforts were futile.
He explained that, he was surprised when he was called by AIG Munu that the container had been intercepted at the quay but the driver fled.
Explaining further, Mr Koroma said after brief investigations were conducted it was disclosed that the owner