Sierra Leone’s Opposition MP, Chairlady Remanded in Prison

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By Dauda Koroma

The All People’s Congress Member of Parliament for constituency 066 in Kerena District, Hon. Mohamed Bangura (photo) and the APC chairlady for Tonkolili District Yabom Sesay have been remanded in prison today on charges of riotous conduct, obstruction and assault on a police officer, among other charges. They made their first appearance before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court No.1 at Pademba Road, Freetown.

On count 1, the Particulars of Offence state that the 1st accused Mohamed Bangura, on Saturday 11th June 2022, at Mathora Village, Kholifa Rowala Chiefdom, Tonkolili District, Northeast Region, assaulted AIG Gabriel Tommy while performing his lawful duties.

On Count 2, it is alleged that Mohamed Bangura and Yabom Sesay, on the same date and place used insulting words to provoke AIG Tommy to commit a breach of the peace.

Count 3 alleges that both defendants, on the same date and place, with a view to compel AIG Tommy to abstain from doing his job as the Regional Police Commander for Northeast Region, wrongfully and without legal authority intimidated AIG Tommy by threatening to hit him with a vehicle.

Count 4 says both accused on the same date and place behaved in a riotous manner, while count 5 indicates that both accused on the same date and place obstructed AIG Gabriel Tommy whilst in due execution of his lawful duties.  

The accused persons were represented by a battery of lawyers led by Lansana Dumbuya. The defense team filed an application for bail but same was objected to by the State Counsel Yusuf Issac Sesay.

In his ruling, Magistrate Mark Ngegba said the offences for which the accused persons are charged are very grave and so rejected their bail application. He then remanded the accused in custody and adjourned the matter to Sept. 13 for further hearing. 

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