Ports Authority Lawyer In Le110m Fraud
The Sierra Leone Bar Association, particularly the Tana Legal Firm, and the Sierra Leone Ports Authority, are now facing one of the most disgraceful scandals according to our findings as one of their member, Lawyer John Mans (in photo), who is also one of the legal luminaries of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority and Tana Legal Firm, involves in defrauding an Indian business man, Sadam, of a whopping one hundred and ten million Leones (Le 110M).
According to allegation from Sadam, a dealer in scrap metals, Lawyer Mans sometimes in mid-May this year, approached him through one of his agents, Abubakarr, who informed him that Mr. Mans had sent him to tell him (Sadam) about his alleged ownership of some scrap machines located at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority he (Mans) intends to sell. Upon receiving this information, Mr. Sadam explained further, Mr. Sami, Fello and I left for Ports Authority to see the said machines and to negotiate with Mr. Mans on the sale of the items.
After negotiating with him ( John Mans), who requested for a Le 110M for the said machines, Mr. Sadam furthered, I gave him the said amount in cash in the presence of Sami, Fello and Lawyer Samuel Bangura on Friday the 24th of May, 2018 at his Sierra Leone Ports Authority office on Cline Town, Water Quay in Freetown.
Upon receiving the money, Lawyer Mans asked us to come the following week for the machines since the Ports Authority General Manager was on meeting and hence cannot be reached for the release of the said machines.
Since that time, Mr. Sadam went on; Lawyer Mans has kept on dodging me as he kept giving one excuse or the other. This unfortunate act from John Mans has left Sadam’s business crippled as his business partners have cut all financial support to run his business.
As pressure was mounted on him (John Mans), our investigations reveal, he gave Sadam a postdated check of one hundred and three million Leones (Le 103,000,000) that was to be collected at the Zenith Bank. Unfortunately, the said check is as good as fake in the sense that when Sadam took the check to the bank to be cashed out, no money was found in the said account.
The matter was then brought to the CID Headquarters where Lawyer Mans pleaded on the condition that he was going to bring seventy million Leones (Le 70,000,000) as part payment on Tuesday the 26th June, 2018. Since that day also, Lawyer Mans has continued his usual dodging schemes and hence have not paid a dime as he promised. Even the surety who bailed him at the CID gave false information about his address because when the Investigating Officer, Madam Kadie, Supervisor Violent Crime Unit of the CID checked at the said address at Aberdeen, no one was found with the name of the surety. In fact, the occupant of the said address is a woman.
As John Mans is hell bent on dragging the name of the legal profession to the gutters, Mr. Sadam is therefore calling on all the authorities concerned especially the Sierra Leone Bar Association to come to his rescue as his business has been crippled by John Mans.
However, as at press time, all efforts by this medium to contact Mr. Mans has proven futile as all his phone numbers are permanently switched off.
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By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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