September 27, 2018
By Hassan Gbessay Koroma
Solomon Hindolo Katta, second accused, and a Nigerian, on Tuesday, September 25th, made their second appearance in an on-going preliminary investigation at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1, presided over by Magistrate Santigie Ibrahim Sorie Bangura.
The duo are charged with conspiracy, importation of drugs and unlawful possession of drugs to wit cocaine, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
Testifying last Tuesday, investigating officer, Mohamed R. Bangura, attached to the Transnational Organised Crime Unit headquarters recognised both accused persons.
He narrated that on Monday, August 27th, 2018 a case file of importation of drugs, together with the first accused (a Nigerian) and one Foday Bockarie Sannoh were handed over to him for further investigations.
He told the court that during the course of investigations, Foday Bockarie Sannoh mentioned second accused, Solomon Hindolo Katta, and alleged that he had given him the biodata and photograph of the first accused and instructed him to receive the Nigerian on his arrival at the Lungi International Airport.
He testified that they acted on the information to conduct a search at the Hamilton residence of Solomon Hindolo Katta and the shop of his wife at Gabriel Street in Freetown.
He said that during the search, they discovered something of interest to the police, including registration cards of three vehicles, bank accounts and National Revenue Authority receipts.
He said they arrested the second accused at his wife’s shop, adding that white powdery substance that was found in the possession of the Nigerian at the airport was later tested by one Detective Ernest D. Tucker and the result showed that the substance was cocaine.
He concluded that TOCU investigators later interviewed both accused separately and subsequently charged them with conspiracy to import cocaine, importation of drugs to wit cocaine and unlawful possession of drugs to wit cocaine, contrary to the laws of Sierra.
The matter was adjourned to Friday, 28th September.