By Dauda Koroma
The Manager at Ecobank Mankeni branch, Idrissa Abdulai Kamara and a businessman named Saidu Sow were both arraigned before Principal Magistrate Sahr Kekura at Pademba Road Court No.1 on May 12, on twelve (12) counts of conspiracy, fraud, forgery, uttering forged documents and fraudulent conversion, amongst others, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
A summary of the charge sheet indicates that the accused persons conspired to defraud B.S.B International the sum of Le585 million. It is also indicated that the accused persons, with intent to defraud, forged certain documents to wit: Ecobank funds transfer form dated 11th Nov. 2021 purporting that it originated from Ecobank Sierra Leone Limited.
It is stated that Ecobank funds transfer forms were forged in the name of B.S.B International and fraudulently converted the money into their own use or benefit.
The Particulars of Offence on count 1 indicated that the defendants, on dates unknown between Friday Jan. 1 2021 and Friday Dec. 31 2021, at No.1 Flower Corner Street Makeni, Eocbank MicroFinance Office in the Bombali Shebora Chiefdom, in the Bambali Judicial District, Northern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone, with intent to defraud, conspired with other persons unknown to defraud B.S.B International the sum of five hundred and eighty-five million leones (Le585,000,000.00)
Both accused persons were remanded in custody and the matter adjourned to May 17.