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By Awareness Times News
Jun 23, 2010, 17:02



Presidential press Secretary to be scrapped

The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji I.B Kargbo on Monday disclosed to local tabloids that the positions of the Presidential press secretary and the Ministry of Presidential Affairs are to be scrapped.  According to him, the current presidential press secretary, Mr. Sheka Tarawally will be re-assigned and a new chief of staff appointed to superintend the affairs of State House.

Health Minister orders Police to cease bail

The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mohamed D. Koroma has reportedly asked the police at Adonkia in Goderich not to grant bail to four suspects who were arrested with over one hundred and fifty cartons of drugs meant for National AIDS Secretariat. The Minister is also reported to have urged the police to carry out a thorough investigation and speedily charge the matter to court without delay.  The said drugs were reportedly stolen from the Laka Government Hospital but were intercepted by police in a Toyota van.

Police to know who glued 15 months old baby

Police at the Eastern Police Division on Monday arrested residents of No. 14 York Street in eastern Freetown to help them in their investigations as to who super glued a 15 months old baby girl in the house. According to reports, the babys mother, Kadiatu Mansaray of the same address left her baby with a16-year-old girl named Kadiatu Koroma and headed for the Guard Street Market where she retails fish.  Whilst Kadiatu was looking after the baby, her aunt, Madam Nyamakoro Sesay reportedly sent her to buy a loaf of bread. On her return, she discovered that the mouth and eyes of the baby were sealed with super glue.

Sierra Leonean Teenager brutally murdered in the US


Local tabloids have intimated the brutal murder of an 18-year-old Sierra Leonean national in the United States of America past Sunday.  He was reportedly murdered at night near a bus stop in upper Manhattan, New York.  According to reports, Mohamed Jalloh was stabbed several times with machete at 564 West Street in Wellington Heights.  Reports say on his way home, the deceased stopped at a MacDonalds Restaurant where he engaged in an argument with some older guys.  He was found dead later.  No arrests have been made as the police continue their investigations.

King Georges Home leased by Government

Reports have confirmed that the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Country Planning has finally agreed to lease the King  Georges Home for the Aged to Afrigas, a liquid petroleum company. According to reports, the old peoples and their caretakers are going to be relocated to a conducive place that is highly secured and spacious.  The company is currently engaging the caretakers to construct a multipurpose complex at Grafton in the Western Rural District for them.

Armed Robbers Attack APC MP

Armed robbers on Wednesday 16th June reportedly attacked Hon. Dauda Dumbuya of the APC at his Adonkia residence in western Freetown.  The robbers were said to have broken into the house at around 3am armed to the teeth.  They reportedly attacked the MP with an intention to kill him.  The robbers reportedly made away with both money and properties worth millions of Leones.  Hon. Dumbuya is alleged to have pointed accusing fingers to one Porcel Forna for leading the gang of murderers.  

Angry Husband Tortures Wife

45-year-old Sorie Bangura of Hill Cut Road in western Freetown is reported to have on the 19th June 2010 mercilessly beaten his wife, Mariama Bangura.  Mariama sustained several wounds and bruises on her body, the report continues.  The brutal attack is said to have emanated from a dispute between her and her husbands sister.  The husband reportedly sided his sister and pounced on Mariama. Police attached to the New England Ville Family Support Unit are said to be investigating the matter.

Port Loko College SU gets new president

A second year HTC student, Hassan Yansanneh has reportedly been elected as president of the Port Loko Teachers College Students Union government for the 2010/2011 academic year.  According to reports, Yansanneh who belongs to the NIKE Camp defeated his opponent with 435 as against 414 votes.  The elections were conducted in a free and fair atmosphere in the presence of many observers.

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