October 9, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura
Police Inspector attached at Special Operations Division, Ross Road police station, on Thursday October 5, 2017, told Magistrate Albert Moody of Court No.1 that question papers and results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) were discovered at the residence of two teachers.
Inspector B. Maculey said a search was conducted in the houses of Edward Sesay and Olufemi Browne by police investigators during the investigation of the accused persons on allegation of leaked WASSCE questions prior to examinations.
Edward Sesay and Olufemi Browne were before the court on one count of leaking examination papers ,contrary to Section 9(2) of the West Africa Examinations Council Act of 1984.
Inspector Maculey told the court that the accused persons were traced through a pupil, Cecil Haffner Dwight, who was also part of the exam malpractice.
The police Inspector presented thirty-three WASSCE results, six Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) results, nine question papers and five answer booklets that were discovered at the residence of the accused persons.
According to him, the second accused claimed that he was conducting extra lessons for pupils attempting the WASSCE and BECE exams.
“One of the pupils, Haffner Dwight, disclosed to me that the second accused hosted them in his house and gave them question papers for the exam that was scheduled for the following day. Mobile phones of the pupils and the accused persons collected as exhibits were later handed to the Exhibit Clerk for safe keeping,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the accused persons are on bail and the matter is being prosecuted by Assistant Superintendent of Police, Samuel Kamara. The first accused person had no legal representation but the second represented by Lawyer Saffa.
According to West Africa Examinations Council Act 1984any, any person that contravenes section 9(2) of the said should pay a fine of two thousand Leones or face a jail term not exceeding three years.
The matter was adjourned to 11TH October 2017.