Police intercept more foreign currencies at Airport, Gbalamuya checkpoint

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October 19, 2018

By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

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Head of Operation at CID, Augustine Mansaray addressing newsmen

The Sierra Leone Police have intercepted huge amount of foreign currencies at the Lungi international airport and the Gbalamuya crossing points respectively.

The Head of Operations at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Superintendent Augustine Mansaray, disclosed to journalists at the Sierra Leone Police headquarters that a Nigerian national, who was identified as Godwin, was arrested at the airport with $34,100 and 5,000 Nira.

He said a Sierra Leonean, Mohamed Jalloh, was also arrested at the Gbalamuya checkpoint with undeclared $70,000, trying to move over to neighbouring Guinea.

“We are investigating one Mohamed Jalloh who was arrested at the Gbalamuya check point with $70,000 for failing to declare it. In the same vein, a Nigerian national, who was only identified as Godwin was also arrested with $34,100 and 5,000 Nira at the Lungi International airport,” he said.

Similarly, the Superintendent said a Ghanaian national; Stephen Teye Sackey, was also arrested last week at the same airport with some $18,050.

He told newsmen that the charge sheets of all of the suspects have been forwarded to the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice.

In recent times, police had made several arrests of people been in possession of foreign currencies at the airport and the border crossing points.

A popular Lebanese businessman, Youssef Antar, who had already been charged to court,was arrested last month with $368,414, €, 254,100, £60,375,375, waiting to board a Royal Air Maroc flight to Morocco.

In a related development, Police have also arrested two men, Abdulai Chernor Barrie and Michael Kanu for allegedly forging the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) license.

Police said they seized over 100 fake licenses at the residence of the suspects.

The suspects, according to the police, have been charged to court with 73 related count charges ranging from conspiracy, forgery of SLRSA logos, false pretences to altering of documents.

Meanwhile, six suspects are also in custody helping police with investigations after 94 cartoons of suspected Free Health Care drugs were seized at their residents.

“We have already invited the medical store department to do some verification to ascertain whether they are free health care drugs because all the drugs have UNICEF logo on them which other drugs do not have,” he said.