August 2, 2018
By Yusufu S. Bangura
Four persons were yesterday remanded at the Freetown Male Correctional Centre for impersonating President Julius Maada Bio.
Principal Magistrate, Mr. Santigie Bangura, ordered that the quartet of Mohamed Osman Sesay, Alhaji Issa Mansaray, Lamin Sorie Sesay and Osman Sesay be remanded as they made their maiden appearance in a preliminary investigation on two counts of conspiracy to defraud and impersonation contrary to the Laws of Sierra Leone.
According to Police Prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Mansaray, all accused persons on Thursday, 12th July, 2018, in Freetown, conspired with unknown individuals to defraud one David Chambers, pretending to be the President of Sierra Leone.
The prosecution also alleges that on the same date and place, the accused persons defrauded David Chambers through telephone communication with sim numbers 088030296/076889577, pretending to be President Julius Maada Bio and his Personal Assistant Abdulai Sesay respectively.
Lawyer J.M. Jengo, representing the accused, applied for bail on behalf of the accused, citing section 79(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act No. 32 of 1965, assuring the court that they have reliable and credible sureties who are willing and ready to enter into their recognisance.
He further assured Magistrate Bangura that the accused will always be in court when needed, adding that they will not in any way interfere with prosecution witness(s) if granted bail.
Replying to the bail application, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ibrahim Mansaray objected and called the attention of the Magistrate to the serious nature of the offences, adding that he was convinced that the accused would interfere with prosecution witnesses or could jump bail.
Magistrate Bangura ruled in favour of the prosecution and remanded the accused. He adjourned the matter to 8th August for continuation.