By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police southern region, David Sesay, has confirmed to Concord Times that the police would soon charge to court three military personnel suspected in the alleged murder of one Sampa Fullah.
According to AIG Sesay, the three officers were arrested and detained but granted bail and handed over to the military authorities at Gondama “for some military procedures” before they could be charged to court.
The officers were arrested in relation to the death of Ms. Fullah who was claimed to have died as a result of physical assault against her allegedly by the officers.
The AIG also informed Concord Times that the police were waiting on the senior state counsel and the military authorities before the suspects are charged to court.
Sampa Fullah died at the Moyamba government hospital on 13th December, 2013 and her remains were conveyed to Freetown for autopsy.
AIG Sesay said they have gathered enough evidence to warrant the matter to be charged to court. “The result of the postmortem provided the police with enough evidence to investigate and charge the three suspects to court,” he said.
Meanwhile, the southern region police boss noted that the military is their sister force and that they need to observe all protocols before charging the matter to court, assuring that “the matter will not be swept under the carpet”.
Sampa Fullah was claimed to have been physically assaulted by two junior military personnel on the alleged orders of one Lieutenant Joshua Cole, who was said to have been “molested” by one police constable 9401 Koroma aka 01, an in-law of Ms. Fullah.
According to Lieutenant Cole, he was molested by Constable Kamara after he pleaded with the officer to hand over a helmet he collected from an ‘okada’ rider. He was said to have retaliated by ordering the two junior military personnel to physically attack the police officer.
Fullah, according to eyewitness report, received her own beating and her eventual demise after she questioned the officers as to why they were attacking her in-law.
Meanwhile, the Moyamba District Security Coordinator in the Office of National Security (ONS), Abdul Karim Koroma, has assured that the matter would not be compromised.