As investigation into the matter involving one Mohamed Samuel Sesay that has to do with alleged forgery of results to gain recruitment continues at the Magistrate Court No. 2 in Freetown, the website officer attached to Police headquarters, PC 588 Alpha Sesay yesterday testified in court relating to the case.
Presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, the witness tendered in court alleged fake results for identification.
Mohamed Samuel Sesay faces two counts charges of forgery Contrary to Sections 4(1) of the Forgery Act 1913 and altering forged document Contrary to Section 6(1)(2) of the same Act. According to the particulars of offence, the said incident occurred on 10th March this year in Freetown.
Led in evidence by Police Prosecutor, Inspector F. K. Nyuma, PC Sesay A. said as website officer some of his duties include uploading news and events on the Sierra Leone Police (SLP) website, conducting proper monitoring of the SLP facebook page and also participating in the recruitment and cross-checking of West Africa Examination Council results submitted by applicants for recruitment into the police force. He said he has been in this capacity for the past four years.
The witness recalled the 10th March 2014 that he was on duty at the SLP headquarters website office, when he received a call from the Human Resource Department of the SLP to check and verify the result of the accused. He explained that the witness had submitted for recruitment, a result bearing the Albert Academy school logo with two credits which he cross-checked using the WAEC approved scratch card to access the WAEC website.
He said he discovered that the accused only had one credit which is completely different from what he submitted for recruitment. He said as a result, he printed the result from the WAEC website and submitted it to the Human Resource Department.
The two results were produced in court for identification and marked exhibits ‘Z’ and ‘Y’ respectively.
The witness was cross examined by Lawyer H.M. Ngavao representing the accused persons and applied for bail on his behalf, stating that the offences for which the accused is arraigned are bailable, adding that the accused has reliable sureties who are ready to stand his behalf. He cited Section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1965 as reference for his application.
Magistrate Kamanda however ruled that the accused be remanded in custody considering the seriousness of the matter. The matter comes up again on Thursday, 27th March 2014.
Friday March 21, 2014