Islamic teacher remanded for Le252m fraud


June 10, 2015 By Hawa Amara

An Islamic teacher, Alhaji Umaru Bah, was remanded at the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road Monday for allegedly obtaining the sum of Le252 million from one Chernoh Hamidu Jagitay on the pretext of engaging in business.

Bah was arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda, on five counts of obtaining money by false pretences.

While testifying, the complainant told the court that the accused was an Islamic teacher who taught him and that he met the accused in September 2014 at his business premise at No.49 Goderich Street where they discussed the profitability of supplying African Minerals.

He explained that the accused requested Le20m as he (accused) already had Le10m, promising to gove him Le27 million in return.

“I handed the Le20 million to the accused in the presence of my brother Alpha Barrie, which the accused later gave me a receipt,” he told the court, adding that in October 2014 the accused went to him and requested another Le40 million to add to the business.

The witness explained that in November and December 2014 the accused again requested Le80 million, “which I did and he told me that I have had hundred million Leones as a profit and encouraged me that the more capital I invest in the business the more I have money.”

The witness also told the court that the accused came to his business place another day and requested a further Le40 million as he informed the former his profit had risen to Le150 million, and that he also asked for Le36 million in addition to the Le40m he had already given to the accused.

“In March 2015 the accused informed me that my profit has increased to two-hundred and fifty million Leones and requested for another thirty-six million Leones and told me that he had supplied African Minerals,” said the witness, adding that when he asked the accused for his profit at the end of March 2015 he was told African Minerals owed him (the accused) the sum of eight-hundred and twenty millions Leones.

The witness explained that on 14 March, 2015 the accused told him African Minerals had given him a cheque and that they should go collect the money at the Central Bank, “but it was all lies, and since then the accused have not given me my money.”

The witness said he had reported the matter at the Eastern Police Station before it was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department.

The matter was adjourned to 16 June.