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Allegation on Ritual Murder in Sierra Leone

Allegation on Ritual Murder in Sierra Leone

Ibrahim Kamara and wife Salematu Ibrahim Kamara declared wanted

Police in Sierra Leone have declared a young businessman, Ibrahim Kamara and his wife, wanted for an investigation currently on going that is allegedly connected to ritual murder.

Investigation uncovered that Kamara who hailed from Kampdi village, in a  town called Kychom, in Kambia District, northern part of Sierra Leone , was allegedly reported to have involved in what the police described as ‘’ritual murder’’.  Kamara and his wife, Salematu Ibrahim Kamara  were reported to have fled the country as a result of them being declared wanted.

Times SL whilst doing an in-depth investigation in Kambia District uncovered that the young businessman, Ibrahim Kamara and his wife Salematu Ibrahim Kamara presently on the run were said to have visited the home town of Ibrahim kamara in respect to honor and do the traditional rites of his late father who was a traditional chief and elder within the community.

After the burial of the late man, Kamara was later earmarked by the elders as the only person that can succeed his father. He was therefore taken to a shrine where reports states he discovered human skulls and therefore was not comfortable to be part and parcel of their customs and tradition.

Part of the sacrifice was to slaughter two female virgins before he could be secluded into a traditional camp where all the rituals will be done.

Eye witnesses told Times SL that Kamara and the two virgin girls where placed at the shrine for three days awaiting the elders to do their normal sacrifice, when they later came and discovered that none of them were around. There was suspicions among the members that one Mohamed Bundu whom they had observed had a close friendly relationship with Kamara and also a member of the society was suspected to have connived with them by aiding the  escape of Ibrahim Kamara and the two virgin girls.

Bundu later became a subject of intimidation and was beaten to death by members of the society for what they described as ‘’betrayal’’.

When the police was called upon to investigate the matter, they were informed by community members that  the two girls purported to be virgins had been missing and that the village people  were concern to know the whereabouts of them.  According to the police, they said during the cause of their investigation, some members of the society told them that it was Ibrahim Kamara and his wife who had wanted to sacrifice the two virgins which was refuted by youth within the community.

 

In an effort to get Kamara, all effort made in reaching the young man and his wife  ended in futility. Times SL later approached some youth within the community and put forward the allegation before them. They expressed that the story given to the police was not true and that it had been a normal practice within their culture and tradition to always sacrifice virgins whenever they want to initiate people into their secret society. Some of them are against the practice though they had also been initiated in the past.

‘’The information given to the police is not true, they said. We want members of the society to come out loud and say the truth. Some of them are politicians and we want them to speak the truth instead of painting the young man for something he has no hands” they said.

In Freetown, where Kamara and his wife are operating a boutique, police stormed the business place with search warrant looking out for him and his wife but both of them were not around . Two boys who were  at the boutique were therefore arrested by the police and placed on custody. During their  interrogation, they were coerced to show the whereabouts of Kamara and his wife or risk being placed on detention. The boys in question have spent over a week in police custody without being charged to court.  Human Rights Organizations have condemned the police detention describing it as violations of the rights of the two boys and were therefore calling for their release.

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