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In Sierra Leone, FC Johansen Playerís Death Sparks Suspicions
By Abdul Fonti, Bampia Bundu & Aruna Turay
Feb 1, 2010, 13:26
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The discovery of the corpse of a missing Division One team footballer has left tongues wrangling over the circumstances that surround the death.

FC Johansenís Issa ĎMadamí Koroma was found dead at the Cold Room of the Connaught Hospital Mortuary on Friday 29th January 2010.

Although Mortuary Officials have insisted that the late footballer was involved in an accident that occurred on Monday 25th January 2010, along the Freetown/Waterloo Highway, several dissenting comments have made the rounds with most people suggesting foul play. It could be recalled that the management of FC Johansen told newsmen on Thursday 28th January 2010 that it had visited the mortuary and searched the corpses that were involved in the said accident with no trace of it missing player.

Fresh blood oozing from the corpse at Mortuary cold room sparked more suspicions with several people alleging that the corpse was only conveyed to the Mortuary on the very Thursday night the missing alarm was raised.

Indications are there was heated exchange between Mortuary officials led by Pathologist Owizz Koroma and the Officials of FC Johansen led by their lawyer Kweku Lisk with the latter upset over the answers given and the former upset over the type of questions posed to them.

Whilst CID Police sources confirm they were investigating a Ďsuspected homicideí no post-mortem has yet been conducted.

Meanwhile, the Kissy Police D. Division that covers the spot where the accident took place say they conveyed two corpses to Connaught Mortuary on Monday. Police Val Bangura in Charge of Traffic Crimes at the Kissy Police Division told the Awareness Times one of the corpses was identified to be a pastor, whilst the other was an unidentified youth.

However, Citizens are puzzled over the fact that Sierra Leone Police (SLP) and Mortuary Management never issued a statement that there was an unidentified corpse at the Mortuary since Monday. The SLP only caused a public notice of the unidentified corpse to be read in a radio station that covers a minute portion of the capital city, shortly after the FC Johansen Management had raised the missing alarm on Thursday. The FC Johansen officials themselves led by Mr. Claye had visited the Mortuary on the Monday of the accident and again on Wednesday, Kweku Lisk and Mr. Claye checked only to be told there was no unidentified corpse. Interestingly, the corpse, when shown to these journalists past Friday was dressed in full FC Johansen football kit with the name FC Johansen on the front of the jersey and the name of the player, ĎMadamí at the back.

Connaught Hospital itself past Friday was a scene of grief and sorrow when hundreds of sympathizers including footballers, bereaved family members, and other well wishers, stormed the Hospital when the news of the discovered corpse broke out on Friday 29th January 2010. The owner of the club, Mrs. Isha Johansen is reported to be highly distressed. She looked upon all the lads in her football clubs as her sons and the late Issa ĎMadamí Koroma is reported to have been her favourite footballer.

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