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Internet cafe manager steals Le 800,000,000 in Sierra Leone
By Theophilus S Gbenda
Jan 16, 2006, 15:46

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The manager of the newly established Wireless Internet Cafe situated at No. 5 Rawdon Street in central Freetown, Ibrahim Komkanda Suma, is currently on the run after allegedly siphoning well over Le 800,000,000 (Eight Hundred Million Leones) and other essential equipment owned by the establishment.

Investigations carried out by this press indicate that on divers dates between September 2005 until two weeks ago, Komkanda, as he is fondly called, reportedly took advantage of the confidence reposed on him by the sole proprietor of the establishment by running it as his own personal business venture and in so doing, covertly depriving the establishment of its much needed resources and assets.

Accordingly, Komkanda who independent reports say was deported from London for alleged fraud, was first entrusted to the proprietor of the Wireless Internet Café by one Madam Aminata Suma, and since then he was considered by the proprietor as a valuable asset to the business.

Komkanda, as the case is, has now proved to be a ‘devil in human clothing’ as far as the confidence earlier reposed on him by the proprietor was concerned.

As started earlier, Komkanda on divers dates allegedly siphoned the sum total of over Le 800,000,000, but eventually ran out of luck when he attempted to divert by fraud, an ice flakes machine and generator worth $27,000 owned by the establishment, to himself.

According to reports, Komkanda by way of deceit, went through the Commodities Trading Centre (CTC) which happens to be the supplying agent of Wireless Internet Café, and accordingly instructed the suppliers abroad to ship in the ice flakes machine and generator directly to his address and in his own name, rather than in the name and known address of the bonafied owner of the said items.

The attention of the attempted fraudulent conversion was brought to the notice of the unsuspecting proprietor who wasted no time in alerting the police.

Police sources have so far indicate that the matter was reported to the Criminal Investigations Department some two weeks ago, and that the matter is currently being investigated.

Since the establishment of the business, reports state that it has only recorded losses and not profit. The alleged criminal activities of Komkanda, the reports went on, recently forced the proprietor to temporarily close down the business when it became evident that there was a management problem which if not checked, will lead to the ultimate fall of the business.

Investigations show that Komkanda who was entrusted to run the day to day affairs of the business, started off by procuring old fashioned and problematic computers at purportedly high costs, and also went on to purchase old and weakened chairs which did not even last for a month.

During the material time of the temporal closure of the business, Komkanda again materialized at the café and allegedly stole a total of five computers, one generator and the server which was used at the cafe..

He did not stop there, he also reportedly went on to withhold monies given to him to off set electricity bills and to pay the service provider.

Up to press time, the whereabouts of Komkanda remain unknown, and accordingly, a reward of One Million Leones has been put at stake for any one who will give useful information to the police that will lead to his arrest and consequent prosecution. When Awareness Times eventually caught up with Komkanda through his cell phone, he debunked the allegations, stating that he is simply being pursued by his own uncle.

Meanwhile, other business people are said to be looking out for Komkanda for reasons not unrelated with monies due to be paid to them by same.

© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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