Inspector Nelson Jabba of the Central Police Station, says he threatened to shoot pupils taking the WASSCE mathematic examination at Berry Street in May 2019 if they decide to leave the unapproved examination room where they were suspected of being involved in exam malpractice. Inspector Nelson was testifying before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 at Pademba Road. Solomon Kamanda and 13 others were charged with various examination malpractices during the WASSCE mathematic examination in 2018/2019 school year. According to the Inspector, he was at the examination Centre as early as 7:30 a.m. and noticed a wide range of examination malpractice during the general mathematic examination amongst pupils and supervisors of the Centre. The exams were conducted in a private residence, the witness said the pupils were shouting at them as they entered the room, taking into effect their limited number, compared to the pupils. He said some pupils were able to escape, adding that they arrested 14 accused, while the others were in various other rooms taking the examination.
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The witness said he removed his shocker, stood by the door and threatened to shoot any pupils that would attempt to leave the examination room. Nelson furthered that he informed his immediate supervisor about the situation, who had to send vehicles, full of police officers to the scene of crime. He said three vehicles came to the scene of crime, and the police officers broke into the various doors. Nelson said they arrested all of the accused with the exception of the supervisors. He said the first, second, third and fourth accused were responsible for giving the examination papers to the 14 accused, pointing out that the operation officer had to order for their arrest. The witness maintained that, due to such arrest, the pupils went on the rampage, starting to throw stones and sticks at them demanding the release of the supervisors and their colleague’ pupils. Inspector Jabba said that the pupils left the school and went all the way to WAEC, where they destroyed the windscreens of vehicles and other properties. He said they were dispersed by the Police and some arrests were later made. The accused were on bail and Magistrate Bonnie adjourned the matter to 15th October 2019.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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