By Hawa Amara
Deputy Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Syl Brian Kamara, was in court this Monday to testify in a fraud matter involving one Pastor Sheik Mustapha Tuboku Johnson of the Pentecostal Church at Grafton, who was allegedly impersonated as an EPA staff.
While testifying at Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, Mr. Kamara told the court that on 13 May 2014 he was notified by a staff of G. Shankerdas and Sons that someone purporting to be a worker of the EPA and sent by him (the witness) was in their office.
“I told Vicky that I didn’t send anybody to their office. I then told him to hold on the accused until I came to their office,” he explained, adding that when he arrived at the offices of G. Shankerdas together with four EPA staff, they confronted the accused.
“Mr. Vicky then gave me a letter bearing the logo of EPA and introduced the accused to me saying he has been in their office two days earlier, and that he has been sent by me. I asked the accused if he was a staff of the agency but he refused. I examined the document which had the logo of EPA, and the accused said he got the logo from the internet,” he told the court.
The accused was arrested by security personnel at G. Shankerdas and escorted to a nearby police station after he was busted in a scheme to swindle the local manufacturing company.
The accused was charged with seven counts of conspiracy to commit a fraud, forgery, altering, obtaining money by false pretence and impersonation, contrary to Cap 34 as amended by section 4 of Act No.13 of 1975.
The accused is also alleged to have defrauded and obtained from Engineer Bibhundi Bhuushon of G. Shankerdas and Sons the sum of Le1 million by falsely pretending to be a field worker of EPA, knowing same to be false.
When being cross-examined by defence counsel A.R. Kamara, the witness told the court that the document was given to him by G. Shankerdas and that the accused, when questioned, denied being a staff of EPA although he had allegedly purported to be one.
The matter is prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police Raymond B. Dunnia.
The matter continues.