Sierra Leone: IPAM Students in Court for Exam Fraud

One Abdul Mohamed Kamara and Marcus Kamara yesterday appeared before Magistrate Dr. Abou Bhakarr Binneh-Kamara after they were arraigned last week for alleged examination malpractice at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM).

The accused had been charged with four counts of conspiracy, willfully making false statement and procuring themselves to obtaining mathematics paper in a university examination, contrary to law.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused persons on Monday, 20 June, 2016 at the Saint Edward Secondary School in Freetown, conspired with unknown persons to commit a crime, to wit willfully making false statement.

The prosecution alleges that second accused, Marcus Kamara, willfully made a false statement that he was Abdul Mohamed Kamara (first accused), a third year student at IPAM.

The prosecutor maintained that the second accused posed as a third year student entitled to take the mathematics examination conducted by IPAM, knowing same to be false.

In his testimony, Bockarie Bangura, a staff at IPAM, told the court that on Monday, 20 June, 2016 the second accused went to Saint Edward Secondary School and informed him that he was a third year student in the Department of Applied Accounting who was due to write the exam.

The witness said he asked the second accused to name three modules offered in year three, which he did, before he was allowed inside the hall.

According to him, he proceeded to the Prince of Wales School to distribute question papers and upon his return the accused was being interrogated by another investigator.

"I then intervened and questioned him as to who is the Head of Department for the Department of Accounting. He could not tell but rather mentioned a name called 'Vapour', who was only a part-time lecturer of IPAM. I also asked him to give the actual name of 'Vapour' but he could not respond. I then called the police to take the accused to the Administrative Building at Tower Hill," he testified.

The witness continued that on their way to the Tower Hill, the accused pleaded with him to call the first accused -Abdul Mohamed Kamara - but his phone was switched off.

He said as they walked, the second accused pointed at the first accused, who admitted to have hired him to write the exam on his behalf because he had re-sat the said module twice.

The witness said he then took both the accused persons to the University Registrar, Mrs. Olive Barrie, before they went to the Central Police Station to make a statement.

The matter continues today for further hearing.

Source: Concord Times

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