Ishmael Ansumana, Assistant Chief Superintendent attached at the Kissy Police ‘D’ Division station, has testified at the Freetown Magistrate Court No 3 in a matter involving 28 accused persons facing 11 counts charges.
Led in evidence by the prosecutor, Inspector Dunia, the witness told the court that on 8 February he was on night duty at around 6:30am when a phone call was made to the operations officer Sergeant Sheriff about a car with no registration number stealing fuel from a tanker at the Kissy oil refinery.
He added that Sergeant Sheriff then ordered other police officers, who were on night duty, to board a police Landrover with registration number SLP 193, to go to the oil refinery.
At the oil refinery company compound, he pointed out; the officers also saw that the tyres of the tanker had been deflated and that they met many youths who threatened to kill the patrol team if they did not leave the compound.
During this tension, he revealed, the first accused Abu Assief Kanu rushed at him and took his Nokia mobile phone valued at Le300, 000 and his police communications set and suddenly the youth overshadowed the officers.
Superintendent Ansumana informed the court that the police officers then returned to the station to make statements and later invited other people to make statements. The matter was adjourned to March 11.
By Abibatu Kamara