At an emergency press conference at the Police headquarters in Freetown Wednesday the Assistant Inspector General of Police S.I.S. Koroma in charge of Professional Standards informed Journalists about ongoing investigations into an alleged unprofessional conduct of Police personnel from Kambia and Port Loko Police Station.
AIG Koroma stated that they got a tip off from a reliable source on Monday 5th April, 2010 that three Police personnel from Kambia Police Station, 5485 Sgt. Mansaray, 5038 Sgt. Alieu and 5924 PC Levally J.T .O. arrested a vehicle carrying 37 bundles of dry leaves suspected to be Cannabis Sativa (Diamba).
He explained that Hassan Sesay of No 6 Fisher Street and Medish Kao Sesay of No 17 East Brook Street who were on board the vehicle and claimed ownership of the said Cannabis Sativa.
AIG S.I .S. Koroma further explained that the three officers requested the sum of Le 20m from the owners for the release of the consignment adding that both parties agreed for the sum of Le 10m.
He also stated that Le 3m was paid on the spot and it was agreed that the balance of Le 7m should be paid the next day.
The vehicle was taken to Mayaki village which is off the main road and the Cannabis Sativa was off loaded and kept in the bush awaiting the remaining Le 7m.
AIG Koroma explained that while the three officers went away thinking that the Cannabis was safe and they would collect the balance of Le7m the next morning, Mange Police Personnel somehow got wind of the said Cannabis Sativa. They rushed to the village and collected the 37 bundles of Cannabis Sativa and took it to the Mange Police Station.
The next day after payment of the remaining Le 7m the three Police Officers went to collect the Cannabis Sativa from the bush but found nothing.
AIG Koroma maintained that Mange Police Officers: 2673 Sgt. Bangura, 11581 PC Kamara, 11332 Kargbo S were led by Inspector Alusine Kamara to Mayaki Village where they collected the Cannabis Sativa and took it to the Mange Police Station and later informed the Crime Officer at the Port Loko Division.
The Mange team, he said made an entry in the diary indicating that they arrested 24 bundles of Cannabis Sativa instead of the actual 37 bundles.
AIG Koroma further stated that a search was conducted by a pro active team and three bundles of Cannabis Sativa were also discovered in the Port Loko Station.
The Officer in Charge of Mange Police Station Inspector Alusine Kamara confessed to the team that they decided to take those three bundles for themselves, he said.
He further stated that at the Port Loko Police Station the Crime Officer 4405 Sgt. Fofanah failed to make the correct entry on the said day of the event but recorded it the next day when they learnt that the Officer in Charge Alusine Kamara was arrested.
The 10 bundles of Cannabis Sativa still remain unaccounted for by both the Mange Police Officers and the Crime Officer Sgt. Fofanah. The 27 bundles are presently with the CDIID in Freetown as exhibit.
By Abibatu Kamara