Unauthorized burial lands man in prison


January 16, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

One Osman Kamara, a resident of Koya community in Wellington, east of Freetown, was Monday (14 January) arrested for flouting public emergency regulations after it emerged that he had buried his five-year-old  daughter, Nabus Bongo Kamara, who  suddenly died at home.

According to Councillor Mohamed J. Tholley of Ward 365 in Constituency 097, Kamara secretly buried his five-year-old daughter in his compound on 11 January.

However, Councillor Tholley said he was alerted about the incident on 14 January and wasted no time in reporting the matter to the Koya police post, who in turn arrested and detained the culprit.

When this reporter was granted permission by the police to speak to the detainee, he acknowledged the act but added he was afraid to contact 117 in order to evade the mandatory 21 days quarantine imposed on households of Ebola victims.

“I was influenced by my wife who told me not to call 117 but to bury the deceased in the compound,” he said remorsefully.

Public Emergency Regulations of 2014 prohibit secret burials and impose a jail term not exceeding two years on any person convicted on burying a person who may have died of Ebola.

It is not known though whether the cause of death was as a result of the deadly virus, which has killed more than 2,000 persons since May 2014.

Meanwhile, officer-in-charge of the Koya police post, Sergeant Mohamed Fullah, confirmed to Concord Times that the home of the detainee has been quarantined.

He said they were yet to charge the matter to court.