AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Sep 17th, 2010 - 19:55:49 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 SPECIAL REPORTS
 Afsatu Kabba
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@awarenesstimes.com
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

SPECIAL REPORTS : Afsatu Kabba  

Minister Afsatu Kabbaís Husband & Sons Allowed to go Home
By Awareness Times
Feb 23, 2010, 18:18
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Mr. Nfaji Kabba (snr), husband of Sierra Leoneís Fisheries Minister and his sons who were invited to the Anti Corruption Commission under Section 53(1) of the Anti Corruption Act of 2008 in the early hours of this morning, have returned home. Unlike the female Minister, they inform Awareness Times that they were not served Section 63(1) Notices which calls for them to produce sureties and hand over their passports.

 

Meanwhile, the hounding of Hon. Afsatu Kabba has brought back bitter memories of how the late Gloria Newman Smart was treated by the Anti Corruption Commission which led to her death in 2005.

 

It has been learnt that the Anti Corruption investigators were banging on the gates of the Ministerís house very loudly shouting out, ďAnti Corruption! Open Up the Gate!! Anti Corruption!! Open Up the Gates!!Ē During this time, the armed policemen were stationed all over the neighbourhood where the Minister resides.

 

Many Sierra Leoneans who learnt of the early morning police-accompanied raid at the Ministerís residence have pondered aloud as to how Newman-Smartís niece, Lawyer Glenna Thompson, currently the Head of Investigations at the ACC, could be presiding over such character-lynching.

 

Speaking to Awareness Times yesterday, one of the next door neighbours of the Minister stated that it was ďquite scaryĒ.

 

ďI thought it was a coup or something. The ferocious manner in which the policemen and ACC officials stormed our neighbourhood this morning was scary. Quite scary,Ē the male neighbour stated.

 

ďAfsatu Kabba is an innocent woman suffering from deliberate targeting of her by people with no scruples. This is a psychological warfare and someone must have to exercise oversight on the ACC officials. Why did they have to go to the Ministerís house with armed policemen if not to intimidate her family?Ē one Mr. Malik Caulker of the National Union of APC Students stated.

 

The Minister herself was reported to have already been at work preparing to take visiting World Bank officials to Tombo Fishing Jetties when the incident happened. Eye-witnesses state that she was visibly shocked at hearing the news and at one point, even shed tears. She however did not go to the ACC offices during the entire time her husband and sons were being interrogated.

 

The ACCís Spokesman Ms. Glenna Souris told Awareness Times that she could not divulge details of the ongoing investigation as it would be contrary to Section 74 of the Anti Corruption Act of 2008 which makes it a crime for anyone to divulge anything about any investigation before it was authorised. When it was pointed out to her that the ACC and their police accomplices had already alerted the Ministerís Marjay Town neighbourhood that her husband and sons were collected and taken to the Anti Corruption Commission and so it was now public knowledge and needed a comment from the ACC, she still insisted that it would be ultra-vires the Anti Corruption Act to comment on the matter.

 

ďWe need to protect the reputations of people being investigated and until the Investigations Department authorises me to publicise any investigation, I will decline to comment on whether any such investigation is happening here,Ē the ACC's¬†Glenis Sourie¬†said.

 

When Awareness Times specifically asked if the ACC was saying that they do not want to sully the reputation of Honourable Afsatu Kabba, she once again declined to comment on the matter and would not even confirm if Afsatu Kabba was being investigated.

 

ďI have to honour the Anti Corruption Rules so no comments,Ē Ms. Sourie confidently ended.


TODAY'S EARLIER BREAKING NEWS FOLLOWS

Truckload of Armed Police Officers Pick Up Afsatu Kabba's Husband & Sons in Sierra Leone
By Awareness Times
Feb 23, 2010, 11:00
 

The ACC sent a truck load of police officers armed to their teeth to pick up Afsatu's husband and her four children from their residence this early morning. They were assured they were not under arrest but asked to go to the ACC.

Afsatu's husband got into his vehicle with his sons and drove off to the ACC. Immediately following was the ACC Van and the Police Truck. The ACC van had the ACC logo. So the neighbours watched as the ACC van and the Police Truck tailed the vehicle.

The convoy was very obvious and so Afsatu's husband after a few miles at Spur Road, stopped his vehicle and the Police Truck and ACC Van also stopped. He got out and went to the Officials and pointed out that if he was not under arrest as they claimed, why were they publicly tailing him? They sheepishly responded, "nothing Sir" but refused to move off.

It is important to note that ACC swooped in as soon as the Minister took off from the house this morning for her scheduled meeting to take the visiting World Bank team on tour of Tombo and other Fishing areas. Naturally, the devastated woman had to cut the tour and head back to town.

Her husband and four sons are being interrogated right now. I understand they are being questioned about what is called their mother's "unexplained wealth" and repeatedly assured that they are not under arrest. None of them have been served a Section 63(1) Notice as yet but who knows.
###


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

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
SLPP Elects Flagbearer in Freetown on March 5th 2011...and mandate of John Benjamin led Executive is extended until after 2012 Elections
Harford Celebrates!
In Sierra Leone, Freetown Gets New Childrenís Library
EDITORIALS
Encourage Moseray Fadika and Frank Timis the Romanian
National Judiciary Deserves to be Heard
We Do Not ďNegotiateĒ for Space with Anyone!
SPECIAL REPORTS
Sierra Leone's Opposition Resident Village Idiot flies out to U.K. and Ghana today
Afsatu Pays Le450M; Files Appeal against Conviction
In Sierra Leone, Afsatu Kabbaís Friends and Admirers Raise almost Le450 Million (US$100,000) in 24 days
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
Support of Only Sixteen MPs can pass Budget?
Too Late to Denounce the Kono Violence!
So Did President Koroma Lie? Part (2)
FEATURES
Reproduced by Popular Demand: No Junior Secondary School Built at Tondola Junction
Sierra Leone's NPRCís Tom Nyuma, Sierra Rutile, Vimetco, John Sisay & the Inquest for late Bambay Kamara
Tom Nyuma Has a New Toy costing over One Hundred Thousand Dollars
ENTERTAINMENT
Sierra Leone's Video-Journalist Abdulai Jalloh marries his Sweetheart, Cecilia
ĎNor Look En Faceí Takes Over the Airwaves in Sierra Leone
PROFILES
A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MRS. HANNAH BABY NELLIE GADD - A Role Model
Haja Afsatu Olayinka Kabba: A Muslim Woman of Excellence!
THE ECONOMY
Sierra Leone Government in Serious Embarrassment as Businesses Shut Down over New Tax
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Happy 58th Birthday today to the SLPPís Leader, John Benjamin
NOVEMBER 13-15, 2010 INCIDENTS OF VIOLENCE IN KOIDU
IN THE HIGH COURT OF SIERRA LEONE
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Marampa Can Achieve Late 2012 Start-Up With Maiden 200mt Jorc Resource Representing Only 20% Of The Mineralised Strike
Koidu Holdings Explains Blasting Incident at Koidu Kimberlite Project Mine Site
Presenting Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba MíBayo
ADVERTISEMENTS
NASSIT and HFC offers 28 Newly Built Houses for immediate Sale in Sierra Leone
African Minerals (SL) Ltd Job Vacancy
JOLLIBOY! - Solomon Pratt's Book is now available for Purchase Online
SATIRE
President Koroma Fires One: Maybe the Cabinet Reshuffle Has Commenced?
Tom Nyuma, APC will buy you a Jumbo Jet after 2012 Elections in Sierra Leone
Mr. President, is there a Junior Secondary School or is there not at Tondola Junction in Kailahun, Sierra Leone?
FROM OUR TEAM
Schulenburg Should Behave Himself
No Edition out for today from Freetown, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone's Awareness Times Publisher Never Collected a Single Penny for P.R. let alone Ten Million Leones monthly!

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net