Ishmael Janneh Declared WantedJune 14, 2018
Report reaching this medium last night state that the second official driver of the former Minister of Fishery and Marine Resources Ishmeal Janneh has been declared wanted by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for his alleged involvement in the 2018 political violence at Lumley, west of the capital, Freetown.
According to sources, Janneh was originally working at African Minerals Mining Company in Tonkolili district, North of the country.
CID sources say, the official residence of the former minister Allieu Pat-Sowe was very close to the residence of the 2018 Presidential candidate of the then main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) now President Julius Maad Bio at Juba Hill.
The source said the driver got the job because of his late father who was a very closed friend of the former minister. It could be recalled that Pat-Sowe also served as Minister of Lands, Country Planning and the Environment.
Janneh’s father became seriously ill and had to be rushed at his redidence at Matormeh where the mudslide took place in 2017. The mudslide killed over five hundred people including Janneh’s family. The mudslide left thousands homeless and properties worth hundreds of million of leones destroyed.
Immediately after that ugly incident, internally displaced persons were taken to the Siaka Stevens Stadium where over four tbousand displaced and affected persons were camped by the government. The political violence that took place between supporters of Allieu Pat-Sowe and SLPP left two people dead and sixteen seriously injured on elections day.
The injured people were rushed to the emergency hospital at Goderich for medical attention while the corpses were conveyed to the Connaught mortuary.
The source said police officers had to fire tear gas canisters to disperse the irate supporters of the then APC minister and the SLPP.
Because of the tense situation Janneh had to escape to the northern city of Makeni to seek refuge after his boss ran to neighbouring Guinea.
Following police investigation, the former minister, his two official drivers, former Mayor of the Freetown City Council were declared wanted by the Criminal Investigations Department for their alleged involvement in the political violence that took place on elections day.
The police declared Janneh wanted for allegedly killing two people in a road accident while trying to escape with the former minister out of the capital.it could be recalled that Janneh has a serious problem with members of the poro secret society in Kenema where he was forcefully initiated while on vacation. Janneh according to report explained everything to civil society organisations who raised an alarm on various radio stations and newspapers condemning the act of the secret dociety members. This development did not go down well with the initiators who threatened to kill Janneh if seen. The source said as a way to secure his life, he accepted a job from the former government minister to be his second official driver.