OCTOBER 3, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
Magistrate Komba Kamanda of Court No. 2 has discharged a journalist formerly working for the Exclusive newspaper and also presenter at Radio Bankasoka in Port Loko for being wrongly charged by the police.
The accused, Gibrilla Kanu, was charged to court for allegedly conspiring with one Moses Alie – who purported to be working for the Anti-Corruption Commission – to defraud the Principal of Schlenker Secondary School in Port Loko, Chernoh Saidu Kamara.
After the prosecution had closed its case, Magistrate Kamanda discharged Kanu, who was the second accused, stating that the evidence in court had failed to link him with the crime.
The magistrate accused the police of doing a bad job in their investigation and for wrongly charging the accused.
Speaking to Concord Times, Kanu explained that one Moses Alie, who is the first accused in the alleged fraud matter, presented himself to the Principal of the Schlenker Secondary School as a staff of the Anti-Corruption Commission. He said Principal Kamara then implored him to intervene and investigate the purported ACC worker who had requested eighteen million, five hundred thousand Leones from the Principal.
“I helped the Principal to investigate the true identity of the accused, who was eventually arrested by the police,” Kanu explained. “To my surprise, the officer-in-charge of the Port Loko police station, Assistant Superintendent Michael Laggah and AIG F.U.K. Daboh ordered my arrest on allegation that I had conspired with Moses Alie to defraud the Principal.”
He said the police further accused him of taking two journalists from Freetown to the residence of the Principal and that because of this, he should be charged for conspiracy.
He said even after Principal Kamara had told the police he (Kanu) had nothing to do with the crime, the police went ahead and charged him to court.
He said he spent one month and two weeks at the Pademba Road maximum prison before he was discharged, on his next appearance in court, by Magistrate Kamanda for what of prosecutorial evidence.