It appears as if taxi drivers are either in connivance with or have transformed themselves into day robbers to dispossess passengers of their monies and other valuable items.
One such victim Modupeh Thompson, who is currently in court with a taxi driver Osman Amara, says “Sierra Leone is gradually becoming a hell for innocent citizens because I never knew that a taxi driver could connive with robbers to rob me of Le 5 million.”
Testifying at the Freetown Magistrate Court No.1 yesterday, the witness for the complainant one Abdulai Bah explained that on Saturday 29 March 2008 in the afternoon the complainant, Mr. Thompson, visited him at No.13 Sackville Street where he handed him Le 5 million for a specific purpose.
While he was escorting Mr Thompson onboard his bike, they met a taxi cab around Goderich Street with five people onboard including one woman with Mr Thompson making the sixth onboard.
Few minutes after they had left toward the Regent Road direction, he said he heard people shouting and that on arriving at the scene he was perplexed to see Mr Thompson chasing the car after they had snatched the Le 5million from him and forced him out of the car.
He said he wasted no time in chasing the said car through State Avenue to King Jimmy via Heart of Gold, where the car finally disappeared, but then he had secured the particulars of the car.
“I later met Mr Thompson at Rokel Street and we left together for CID to report the matter and after two weeks the car was intercepted by police but the driver was not in,” he explained.
He said the driver was later discovered at St John where he was arrested and taken to the Adelaide Street Police Station. The matter was later transferred to the Central Police Station where it was subsequently charged under section 2 of the larceny Act 1916.
The matter comes up again on 12th May 2008.