The lawlessness of Julius Maada Bio, one of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party Flagbearer aspirants, has been laid bare and exposed to Awareness Times yesterday by very, very credible sources at the Criminal Investigations Department of the Sierra Leone Police. Julius Maada Bio who wishes to become the next President of Sierra Leone, has been under Police Investigation now since December last year for making a life threatening phone call to Abdul Karim Kabia Fonti, the Editor of this newspaper who is also the youngest newspaper Editor in the entire sub-region.
When Awareness Times contacted the CID yesterday, our sources have confirmed that after the Police had secured the Call Records of Maada Bio from Comium and the Call Records of Abdul Karim Kabia from Africell, they realised that indeed Mr. Maada Bio had questions he needed to answer and so, on or around February 20th 2011, the Officer Commanding Homicide, Mr. Anthony Kargbo, had contacted Mr. Bio to invite him to the CID for questioning over the complaint of threatening remarks on the life of West Africaís youngest Editor.
Yesterday, it has been confirmed to Awareness Times that the reaction of Mr. Maada Bio to the police invitation was for him to growl rudely at O/C Anthony Kargbo and not only defiantly respond that he would never go to the Police but he also challenged the Police to try and issue an Arrest Warrant for him if they wanted to see the kind of following he had. He reportedly stated a promise to storm the CID Police Station with his supporters in large numbers.
However, late in the night of that same day he had insultingly growled at Officer Kargbo, Awareness Times has been reliably informed that Mr. Maada Bio phoned up Officer Kargbo and apologised to him saying he had been under the influence of something or the order when he had responded in that unbelievably rude manner to the Police Invitation. That night, Bio promised to show up at the CID with his lawyers but since then he has never done so. No Bio and no Lawyer has appeared to honour the police invitation. It is considered as gross lawlessness for a citizen to fail to respond to a police invitation.
Furthermore, according to our sources, no less a person that the Deputy Director of the CID, Mr. Ibrahim ĎSizemaní Koroma, had also, in March, personally tried to invite Mr. Maada Bio after he failed to answer the invite by Officer Kargbo but all to no avail. Mr. Maada Bio has spent the last few weeks in open defiance of a lawful invitation for questioning by the Sierra Leone Policeís Homicide Department.
Meanwhile, one of Mr. Maada Bioís supporters recently told Awareness Times that Mr. Maada Bio, being a former coup-maker who shot his way to State House as junta boss, was ďnot an ordinary citizenĒ but should be considered as a former Head of State and CID Police Officers need to get clearance from the Attorney-General before they invite ďa former Head of StateĒ. This supporter insists that Mr. Maada Bio will never show up on a Police Invitation unless the Attorney-General Frank Kargbo tells him to do so. Frank Kargbo is the Assistant Secretary-General of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party which party is now widely suspected of wanting Bio to emerge as the flagbearer for the opposition so the ruling APC party could then have an easy victory over the SLPP.
In a telephone interview yesterday, the Investigating Officer of the complaint, Sergeant John Jabati, has also assured this newspaper that there has been no undue interference from anyone within the APC or the Government protecting Maada Bio. He assured that the Police have important questions that Mr. Maada Bio needs to answer and they were still trying to prevail on Mr. Bio to see reason and turn himself up at the Police. Similarly, the Head of Crimes Division at the CID, Superintendent Sam Kargbo, has yesterday promised this newspaper that the matter will be looked at afresh whilst also assuring of no undue interference.
Although the police officers declined to comment on their investigations, our sources insist that the Maada Bio Phone Records in the possession of the Police have strongly collaborated the complaint against Maada Bio of life-threatening remarks against the life of the youngest Editor in West Africa, Mr. Abdul Karim Kabia (Fonti) of Awareness Times.
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