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Bizarre twist in football slapping saga:

Kallon detained & released on Le50m bail

By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Owner of FC Kallon, Mohamed Kallon, was yesterday night released on a Le50 million bail bond after being detained for several hours at the OSD headquarters, Brookfields, where he was earlier on Monday invited for questioning following a report made against him, apparently by SLFA president, Mrs. Isha Johansen.

Marks on the side of Kallon’s neck allegedly as a result of assault by Madam Johansen
Marks on the side of Kallon’s neck allegedly as a result of assault by Madam Johansen

Lawyer Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, legal representative of the former Inter Milan and AS Monaco striker, in a state of bewilderment said, “Kallon was arrested for having been slapped by Madam Isha Johansen.”

He said the police invited the former Leone Stars captain on Monday morning on the pretext that he was wanted to make a statement as part of investigations into the altercation between him and the SLFA president at the Sierra Leone Football Academy on Thursday 6 March.

“Kallon willingly reported at the OSD headquarters where he was subjected to over seven hours of interrogation; he was not allowed to leave until late in the evening,” explained Mr. Abdulai.

Kallon was only released after the secretary-general of FC Kallon, Blamoh Robert, stood as his surety, and the latter’s passport is being held by OSD officers.

It is still not clear on what allegations Kallon was being investigated and detained by the OSD personnel.

Questions have been asked as to whether OSD personnel have the mandate to investigate matters that should be dealt with by the general duty police. A lot of observers have been left stunned as to why Madam Johansen had chosen to lodge a complaint with the OSD headquarters instead of the police station.

However, in an exclusive interview with the Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu yesterday evening, he told Concord Times that OSD personnel have no right to investigate such matters.

It could be recalled that the SLFA president was alleged to have slapped Kallon at the Sierra Leone Football Academy ground, Kingtom, last Thursday, claiming that the former national team captain made insulting comments against her person.

Kallon was said to have made a report at the Adelaide Street police station, but it is not known whether the police have commenced investigation into his complaint.

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