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9 people remanded for stealing from Ebola holding centre

9 people remanded for stealing from Ebola holding centre

Masiaka, March 10 (SLENA) – A total of nine people have appeared at the Masiaka Magistrate Court for the offences of Conspiracy and Larceny, presided over by Magistrate Abdul Sheriff.

 It has to do with plastic chairs, rain boots and wall clock said to be property of the International Rescue Committee (ICR).

The items which were estimated at over 3.5million Leones, were allegedly stolen from the red zone of the Ebola Holding Centre of the IRC at Masiaka in the Koya Chiefdom.

The accused persons were docked on a two count charge each and being prosecuted by Inspector D. Bangura of the Masiaka Police Station.

According to the particulars of offence, the incident occurred between 29 January and 16 February 2015 .The said theft was only discovered when David Alfred Kanu, one of the Hygienists at the Holding Centre reported for duty on the 16th  February 2015.

In his evidence, prosecution witness, David Alfred Kanu said three of the chairs were discovered in the bed room of the 2nd accused person while the remaining four were found in a nearby bush. He recognised all the accused persons as employees of the IRC at the Masiaka Ebola Holding Centre. Although the 1st accused pleaded guilty as charged, the remaining 8 persons denied knowledge of both charges before Lawyer A. S. I Conteh could announce his representation for all accused persons.

All accused persons were sent on remand at the State prisons in Port Loko as the matter was adjourned to 27th February 2015 when David Alfred Kanu will be cross examined by the Defence Counsel.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of the North /Western Region, F U K Daboh has re-echoed the commitment of the Sierra Leone Police in ensuring the protection of lives and properties.

He said the Police was on top of the situation as far as security was concerned. Briefing Heads of International and National None Government Organisations and Agencies together with other categories of Stakeholders at the daily Ebola Taskforce meetings conducted at the Plan /Sierra Leone’s Conference room in Port Loko, he said the region was calm and quite.

A I G Daboh however admonished all to remain law abiding as he promised to ensure that his personnel will continue to carry out their constitutional mandate without fear or favour.

By Hassan Bruz

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