July 7, 2021
By Ibrahim Kabba Turay
The Director of Operations at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquaters, Francis B. Lebbie, yesterday (6th July, 2021), told Journalists that three people, including an opposition All Peoples Congress lawmaker, were in their custody helping them with investigations borthering on unlawful possession of arms and ammunition.
According to police, Hon. Emmanual Saidu Conteh, Nabie Unisa Bangura, Sheriff Jalloh and Michael Michael Alpha Fornah, were on Friday, July 2 arrested, after some arms and ammunition were detected in a pathfinder vehicle at Water quay which allegedly belong to the suspects.
The director informed newsmen at Police Headquarters on George Street that the Regional Commander, Freetown East, Ross Road Police Station and his team arrested and brought in the four suspects together with the exhibits at the criminal investigating department for further investigation.
He told the media that seven pistols, 100 live rounds and 12 magazines that were allegedly imported into the country from United States, have been impounded and were currently in the exhibit office.
Meanwhile, the Director of Operations, AIG, Amadu Menneh, who welcomed the media, noted that police were doing a very taunting job and that they must be commended for such.
He said police have been engaging in several operations including raiding of illegal mining companies, sea gull operations and safe riding operations in the Centre Business District.
He commended the media for their support and urged the public to maintain the covid-19 regulations for a safe society.
While responding to questions posed by civil society activist who had pegged the arrest to politics, the Director said, police is doing an open investigation and that it was not their business to know the personalities or political affiliation of the suspects.
“The police will do independent investigations into this matter. We know that it has attracted public attention. The immunity you spoke about can be granted to anybody, but not in criminal matters of such nature. And our business is not to interpret the law but to investigate and charge the matter to court. You can challenge that in the Supreme Court,” he said.
He allayed the fears of the concerned civil society activists that there would be no political interference into the investigation and that if they are not found wanting they will release them and drop the matter.
He added that they have lunched an operations on the illegal released of blasting of Gina-might at the Aberdeen Beach, which he said is affecting building and the bridge around that vicinity, thus noting that their operations have the tendency to put the life of thousands of Sierra Leones at risk.