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Police Supt. testifies against Adamu & Co.

May 6, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Assistant Superintendent of Police Victor Kanu yesterday testified against Adamu Eze and 10 others at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.

The witness, who is Operation Officer at the Tankoro Police Division in Koidu, Kono, told the court that on 21 October, 2014 he had received information about an incident at John Kaile Street and Post Office Road in Kono.

He explained that he and his team went to the scene and on arrival they saw the mother of first accused (Adamu Eze), who was seriously sick. He said a medical team was at hand to take the patient away but the accused prevented them from doing their work.

“I met a lot of crowd and I called on the 1st accused to calm him down but he told me he was not going to talk to anyone and that he will not allow his mother to be taken away by the medical team for them not to kill her,” explained the police Superintendent, adding that the first accused remarked that there was no Ebola in Sierra Leone and accused the medical team of killing a lot of people in the country.

He said he and the Local Unit Commander returned to station, with the latter advising that an emergency district security meeting should be convened in a bid to find a way out of the stalemate. He revealed that during the meeting the Senior District Officer, military commander, crime officer and Paramount Chief took a unanimous decision that the public emergency should be enforced and that the house of the 1st accused should be quarantined.

He said the police were sent to the house of the defendant and that people started pelting them with stones, and they responded by firing teargas canisters in the air. He said the first accused and his co-accused were subsequently arrested.

Another prosecution witness, Sergeant 18609488 Sahr Kondowa, a soldier, said he received orders from his commander, Colonel A.K. Kamara, to deploy soldiers at the scene on Post Office Road, where a huge crowd had gathered.

He said he saw medical personnel and police officers at the house of the 1st accused trying to carry out their duties. He said the 1st accused refuted claims that his mother had contracted the Ebola virus, and that people began stoning, and he was hit on the forehead and sustained injury. He said he later received treatment at the hospital.

Both witnesses were cross-examined by lead defence counsel, T.A. Jah, who again renewed his application for bail. But Director of Public Prosecution, Sulaiman A. Bah, objected to bail and relied on his previous submission that the accused persons pose a serious security threat.

Magistrate Kamanda upheld the objection and remanded the accused. He adjourned the matter until 12 May.

Adamu Eze, Kalilu Fofanah, Emmanuel Gborie, Alie Bangura, Patrick Kamara, Muctaru Rogers, Aiah Komba, Tamba Tanda, Samuel Sahr Sandy, Karim Bayoh and Joseph Gborie are charged with five counts of conspiracy, obstruction of police officers, riotous conduct, disorderly behaviour and malicious damage.

They had been held in detention without trial for more than six months, prompting rights groups to call for a trial or their immediate release.

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