By Salifu Conteh
News about a fake representation to state institutions has been making rounds of late in the City of Freetown with innocent people being deprived or parting away with huge sums of money. A staff who claims to be an employee of State House is reportedly battling to save his name at the Magistrate Court Number One presided over by Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh M. Kamara in Freetown. The Staff Abdul Akim Koroma is standing trial and requested to respond to 14 counts of related charges for allegedly siphoning a whooping sum of Le20Million Leones from petty traders at the Montague Street Market Women Organization, through their leader Mammy Hawa Kamara on the pretext of providing them with Microcredit loans.
The accused ran out of luck, but was arrested at State House after being declared wanted and dragged to the police for further investigation.
Chairlady Mammy Hawa, who testified in court led by Woman Police sergeant 549 Marie Sesay, explained that she met the accused at State House when they went to advocate for the rebuilding of their damaged stalls. “Few days later, the accused allegedly visited them at the Bombay Market’ and claimed that he is a staff at State House and promised to help them secure loans from the Government as part of their benefits from the APC party,” she told the Court.
After several discussions, the accused allegedly demanded from them the sum of Ten Million Leones, Le10 Million as a facilitation fee to prepare the banner, Constitution for the Organization and printing of T-Shirts bearing the face of President Koroma to canvass him for the Loan.
Further she explained that the accused also demanded for another Ten Million Leones Le10Million to open an account for the Organization where the money will be deposited into, which would be subsequently shared among its members.
In a very shaky voice, the witness stated ‘My Lord, we gave the accused both sums of money at the residence of one Marie Juanies; according to the agreement each member should received the sum of Twenty Million Leones in return.”
“The accused at the meeting has informed them that the Government had received a huge amount of money from the United Nations, and other donor agencies to help people on credit,” she lamented, noting that after collecting the money the accused vanished into thin air only to be arrested at State House.
According to the prosecutor, the accused was charged on 14 counts of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to section 32(1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
Since the charges are related the particulars alleged that the accused on diverse dates of 1st -31st October 2015 at Montague Street in Freetown obtained several amounts from different people including the witness Hawa Kamara on the pretext of assisting them to secure loans from the Government of Sierra Leone through President Koroma, knowing same to be false. The accused has been remanded at the Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown, and the matter adjourned to Tuesday 17th May 2016.