Chief Kanu Arraigned for Alleged Land Fraud

Human Rights

Chief Alhaji Alimamy Kanu of Kuntorlor in the east of Freetown appeared in court yesterday for allegedly defrauding one Kenneth Kenyanga Foday the sum of Le4 million in respect of three plots of land.

Testifying at the Ross Road Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Abu Bakarr Binneh Kamara, PC Samai I. of the special task force to investigate land grabbing at the Ross Road police station said he recognised the complainant as Kenneth Kenyanga Foday, who on 9 September, 2014 made a statement against the accused and one Sorie Mansaray who is at large.

He said statement was obtained from the complainant who also submitted a temporary receipt of Le4 million the accused had issued him for part payment of three plots of land. The receipt was tendered as Exhibit A-1.

He said the accused was arrested on 18 November, 2014 and he and Detective Police Constable Conteh M. interrogated him in Krio, but recorded in English. He said the accused subsequently admitted that the statement was true and signed it by affixing his right thumbprint, while DPC Conteh M. signed as recorder.

The statement was also tendered as Exhibit B1-6.

The witness said that on 18 November, 2014, the accused was charged with conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money by false pretence.

According to police prosecutor Inspector Elizabeth Sarah Siati, Chief Alhaji Alimamy Kanu, a resident of No.40 Teneba Road, Kuntorlor, conspired with unknown persons to defraud Kenneth Kenyanga Foday of 14 Thunder Hill, Freetown in September 2014.

The matter was adjourned to 11 March for further hearing.

Source : Concord Times