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By Awareness Times News
Dec 1, 2010, 17:02



Armed Robber Appears in Court

A notorious armed robber, Abu Bakarr Salama Kargbo is currently facing trial in the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 7. The accused is said to have been terrorizing the Waterloo Community in the Western Rural District. According to particulars of offense, the accused was alleged to have attacked some residents in Waterloo Community on November 14 with an Italian model pistol and other offensive weapon. Victims of the attack Kadi Lamin Kamara, Cecilia Goto and Mohamed Samura are said to have lost  property worth millions of Leone, including mobile phones, a DVD laptop, and physical cash. 

School Principal laments on Teenage Pregnancies

The Principal of A.D Wurie Memorial Secondary School, Mr. Ibrahim Tarawallie has reportedly expressed disappointment on the increase of teenage pregnancies in the Port Loko District. According to him, three or more girls in his school get  pregnant every academic year adding that pregnancy frustrates girl child education as those who become victims hardly go back to school to continue. He has reportedly appealed to parents and guardian to find a solution to this problem.


Kailahun to Benefit from $5M Water Project

Reports have it that Kailahun District will soon benefit from a 5 $million pipe borne water project sponsored by the India Government. The contractor for the project has reportedly received the money. The Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Professor Ogunlade Davison informed that a loan of 30 Million dollars was secured from the India Government to provide pipe borne water facilities at Lungi, Freetown and Kailahun District.

Pilgrims Start their Journey Back Home

Local tabloids say, Sierra Leone pilgrims have started their journey back home after a successful sojourn in Saudi Arabia. According to reports, the first two sets left the King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia on Friday 26th November 2010, led by Alhaji Salieu Mansaray, a member of the Sierra Leone Mission and Alhaji Yayah Deen Kamara, President of the Council of Imams. A total of 70 pilgrims are currently in the country and their colleagues are expected to arrive soon. 


Street Traders to Quit Abacha Street


Reports have alleged that, the Freetown City Council is planning to remove all street traders occupying Sani Abacha Street and many other road venues in Freetown. According to reports, traders along the street are also anticipating of having new venues created by the city council to accommodate them. Reports say, the removal of traders on the streets is geared towards the beautification of the city in line with the 50th Independent Anniversary by 2011.

500 Traders Stranded at Border

Some five hundred traders from different parts of the country, who went to Guinea to buy their goods, are reported to have stranded at Pamalap, the border between Sierra Leone and Guinea. The suffering of the businessmen and women came following decision taken by the interim government in Guinea to close the border. According to some of the traders, they were returning to Sierra Leone after buying their goods in Conakry when the Guinean government ordered the closure of the border. 


35 Military Officers Graduate 

Thirty Five senior captains of the RSLAF have graduated at the Horton Academy after successfully completing a three-month intermediate staff course. The graduation is said to have taken place at the academy on Thursday 25th November 2010. Col-Sheriff is reported a
s saying that the objective of training is to prepare RSLAF to deploy, fight and win in combat in benign situations anywhere and at anytime. He encouraged  the officers to maintain sharp training focus so that they can attain greater training efficiency.

SALPOST  Workers Strike for Pay

Workers of the Sierra Leone Postal Service ( SALPOST) on Monday 28th November refused to go to work demanding payment of their 24 months salary backlog and general salary increment. The striking workers are said to have converged in front of their office at Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown, with placards calling on the authorities to pay heed to their demands or continue to withhold their services. The workers are said to have made representations to the Ministry of Labour and the Sierra Leone Labour Union to intervene on the issue.

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