Men Await Judgment for Illegal Entering
Four accused persons; Mohamed Kpandemba Bockarie of 34 Dama road in Kenema city, Bockarie Lamin of Bandajuma Village in the Small Bo Chiefdom, Miatta Fabbai of Pendembu Town in the Kailahun District and Sallay Koroma of Kallia Village in the Kenema district were all jointly arraigned before Magistrate Alhaji Sheku Koroma on the 29th September, 2014 at the Magistrate court in Kenema for entering an Ebola Epicenter without lawful authority.
The four accused stood trial for entering an Ebola Epicenter without lawful authority contrary to regulation 4 (1) of the public Emergency regulation of 2014 constitutional instrument of 2014.
These four accused could not state clearly in court their motives of entering an Ebola Epicenter, the third accused Miatta Fabbai who comes from the far Eastern District of Kailahun to Kenema told this medium that she forced her way in Kenema to get assorted food item like fish, pepper, Maggi among others, but what we need most is fish and that is the only reason that moved me from Pendembu to Kenema as the little fish taken to Pendembu is very costly, “she added”
When intimated further, Miatta Fabbai said they in Kailahun are very steadfast in helping and complementing efforts of the government in the fight against Ebola but since the quarantine of Kailahun in August this year we in Pendembu have not been getting adequate food to sustain our lives, “she told this medium”.
The other three accused also told satellite news that they left their villages to come to Kenema to get Food stuff, stating the already available ones in their villages are too expensive for their pockets.
The accused that were caught enrooted various Ebola mobile check points and illegally entered the territory of Kenema in search of food pleaded guilty to entering an Ebola Epicenter without lawful authority.
They were remanded at the state prison in Kenema for record and sentencing on the 6th of October, 2014. These four accused now have their faiths hang in the balance whether they will receive lighter punishment or stiffer punishment for voyaging a quest for food.
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