Ibrahim Kallon and Obai Conteh appeared before Magistrate Santigie Bangura of Magistrate Court No. 1 on Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown, on Monday 26th November 2018, to answer to allegations of stealing government issued textbooks.
On Wednesday 31st October 2018, at the Mile 38 Checkpoint, in Port Loko District, Ibrahim Kallon was arrested with 125 primary and secondary school textbooks said to be property of the Government of Sierra Leone.
Based on the testimony of the prosecution witness, Police Detective, Sesay, said on 31st October 2018, he obtained statement from the first accused, Kallon.
On 5th November 2018, Kallon told the investigation team that he had sold some of the books to a friend, Obia Conteh, who is a bookseller along Howe Street, Freetown. A search was conducted at Conteh’s place and 38 assorted primary and secondary Government textbooks were discovered.
Ibrahim Kallon, the first accused, was charged with Larceny contrary to Section 2 of the Larceny Act of 1916 and the second accused, Obai Conteh, was charged with receiving stolen property contrary to Section 33 Sub-Section (1) of the Larceny Act of 1916.
The two accused were charged separately.
Defence lawyer, J.M. Jengo, applied for bail for both accused men. The second accused, Obai Conteh, was granted bail. Magistrate Bangura refused the first accused bail and Kallon was remanded to Pademba Road Correctional Centre. The matter will continue on 28th November 2018.