Mariatu A. Koroma, an alleged criminal has been declared wanted for fraud.Mariatu A. Koroma who was under police investigations for duping Pee Cee and Sons, and KADCO Sierra Leone Limited, escaped from police custody after playing some evil games with the police. A businesswoman that was seen as a trusted business partner had previously enjoyed a very good working relationship with the two companies, little did then know that she had some evil plans ahead.

As she is now seen as one of the top female criminals in Freetown, Koroma succeeded in duping KADCO SL LTD over Five Hundred Million Leones (Le 500M old Leones) and also Pee Cee and Sons and other private business people to the tune of hundreds of millions Leones. She wasted no time in tricking the Police to make her way out of police detention.

Whether the police have been bribed by the suspect or not is something the force would have to investigate. Sources say the wanted thief, Mariatu Koroma, has always been enjoying police protection because she is operating clandestinely with some heartless police authorities and some politicians or public officials to drive away or discourage potential investors from continuing to invest their finances with the objective to provide jobs for unemployed youths and save the dwindling economy.

How Mariatu A. Koroma succeeded to escape from police detention, remains a question the police should respond to. Sources say this is not the first time Mariatu A. Koroma is duping investors and small-scale business people in the country. Most of the cases reported to the police have not been treated with seriousness as she has always saved part of her stolen cash to bribe the police force.

Many frustrated victims of Mariatu A. Koroma, including the management of KADCO and Pee Cee and Sons were not happy with the action of the investigating police officers in the matter for a woman in their custody to successfully escape from detention without their knowledge as policemen on official duty.

Some of her victims are with the conviction that the Sierra Leone Police are hiding the alleged female criminal from facing justice after duping her victims of hundreds of millions of Leone’sworth of items.

A source at KADCO remarked that the police have not acted professionally since the matter was reported and the suspect arrested. The source called on the police hierarchy to intervene immediately for justice to prevail. (Investigations Continue)

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By Moses Kay Fembeh

On Saturday 29th October 2022, the Patriotic Advocacy Network Sierra Leone (PAN-SL) organized a meaningful and educative PUBLIC SPEAKING competition among school-going pupils at The Hill Valley Academy, Mambo, in the Western Urban District of Freetown, Sierra Leone. 

According to the organizers of the program, it was apologetically organized for school-going pupils in different schools in Freetown with the desire to be spread shortly to other schools in the provinces. This aim at showcasing the potential talents of young school-going pupils, especially young girls.

The Theme was, “DIGITAL GENERATION, OUR GENERATION”. The event was graced by several dignitaries, including Her Worship Mayor Yvonne Aki Sawyer, Madam Basita Michael, Madam Naasu Fofana, author of “Tell It To Naasu”, Mrs. Morrison, former Principal of the Annie Wash Memorial School and several people who have been an exemplary to life-changing mission in Sierra Leone and the world at large were in attendance, and parents from different schools were also in attendance to witness this extremely exciting public speaking competition that was done by selected young secondary school girls in Freetown and Waterloo.

The public speaking was called, “BASTA MICHAEL PUBLIC SPEAKING FOR GIRLS”. In addition, several young people attended to witness this historic and educative program.

Ansumana Keita is the Executive Director of Patriotic Advocacy Network Sierra Leone, he and his team did excellent tasking and demanding work for organizing such an educative program which many presents wish will continue.

However, the organizers promised to continue with the good work they have started, and their target is not only young girls but young boys as well, so they can become responsible people in the future. 

Madam Basita Michael was the keynote speaker, during her keynote address, she applauded Keita and the team for their tremendous effort in bringing those potential young people on board to confidently showcase their talents in a free and precise manner. She also encouraged the young people to continue building up themselves as they are promising leaders. 

Furthermore, all the competitors were well-informed and prepared for the various critical topics ranging from Sexual orientation to girls & women empowerment. The event was truly appreciative as the competitors were extremely confident to talk about issues that are affecting our nation today, like disinterest among parents and school authorities for not teaching young girls sex education, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and the odds challenges that are yet to be tackled by the government and a halfway clap for Her Excellency Fatima Bio Hands off Initiative.

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Wanted! Wanted! Wanted!

By BockarieJaward

Sierra Leone is a religiously tolerant country in the Western part of Africa. Many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa sometimes envy the wrap-up of both Muslims and Christians, especially when they visit one another in churches and mosques, and sometimes intermarriage.

Abu Bakarr Kabia and his homosexual Partner George Kamara, are Wanted by the Sierra Leone Police, unfortunately, the latter, George Kamara lost his life at the hands of unknown persons in their former community.

Among other things, homosexuality is prohibited in the country and the two main religions in Sierra Leone see this kind of act as devilish and anyone found wanting of such should be punished or driven out of the country. Abu Bakarr Kabia and his partner George Kamara were both residents of 15 Osman Lane in Calaba town, Eastern part of the country’s capital Freetown. According to information received by this medium, George and Kabia have been childhood friends and they discovered their sexual orientation at the age of 17, since then, they have been actively involved in the lives of each other. 

Amara Turay, not his real name, the chief Imam of the Calaba town Community mosque was a close friend and a teacher of Kabia who usually led him and others in Islamic prayers and counseling, so the latter would change from homosexuality. Imam Turay believes that if Kabia and his partner change from their current sexual orientation, God will have mercy on them and they will be saved from the punishment of hell fire and the wrath of God upon their community will be saved. The old man also affirmed knowing Kabia, and his family for several years. He said that when Kabia was growing up as a boy he was very respectful and hardworking which is why when he later knew of his sexual orientation he never gave up on the young man even when others did. “I believe that it is only by counseling Kabia that will save him from the wrath of God for practicing homosexuality but community punishment or stoning them is not the good way and I felt bad about the death of his partner George. George himself was committed to his five daily prayers, he even fasted during the month of Ramadan. Being killed for what he chose is not to be determined by any human being but the creator Allah,” he said. 

He then intimated to this medium that Mr Kabia called him on phone that he would not be able to come back to the country due to what he has heard about what his community had done to his partner George, so he is afraid to return home. He furthered that he informed the congregation (Jama’at) about Kabia’s predicament and some were sad about the news while some were happy. They said homosexuals should not be entertained in the house of God, and he was told by Kabia that he wanted to move to an unknown location due to the pressure mounted on him, which he could no longer withstand. “After he called me in July this year, I saw their names and pictures on the wanted list on social platforms as members of those who sponsored and participated in the August 10th violent protest that took the lives of 6 Sierra Leonean police officers and 29 civilians but I was surprised because that young man has been hiding long since before the August 10 violent protest for fear of his life,” Imam Amara Turaysaid.

Furthermore, eyewitnesses believed that Kabia was persecuted by his paternal uncle who came to live with them in their house. Accordingly, after the death of his father his uncle wanted to remarry his mother but Kabia was against that belief and tradition and he told his mother not to do it.  His uncle hated him for that and whenever something unfavorable came up, his uncle would be the first to tell the community people about it. 

Eyewitnesses furthermore said that Kabia and his friend were caught by his uncle Sorie Kabia whilst in the act of having sexual intercourse, and the community affirmed that Kabia and his friend were both homos as their actions and lifestyles in the community had already proven them to be homosexuals. 

Homosexuality in the country is a taboo and many young people have been disowned or denounced by their parents, community, and townsmen for practicing it. Some have been secretly beaten to death by community people like in the case of George who was seriously beaten up by unknown persons. They both were attacked on 22 July with sticks and stones, Kabiawas able to escape for his safety, thanks to his lucky star. It was after the August 10 insurrection,  Kabia and dozens of other Sierra Leonean youth were declared wanted by the Sierra Leone police on the 20th of August 2022. 

According to the record of the Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sierra Leone Police force, chief superintendent Richard Robert said that both people are not in the detainee’s record. He however confirmed that they are indeed among the persons of interest for the allegation of public disorder, perpetration of violence against the state, terrorist act of insurrection, and attempted coup d’état among other criminal offenses.

Kabia’s uncle was glad when he saw his nephew’s name and photos on social media as wanted by the Sierra Leonean Police and according to him, he said, that is the price every wayward son could get, as he deprived him of marrying his mother. 

It could be evidence that the photo of Oladapo OlaitanOlaonipekun alias Dagrin, a Nigerian rapper born in Ogun, Nigeria and died in April 2010, was captured by the Sierra Leone Police as one of the wanted persons for the August 10 “INSURRECTION” as it was termed by the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Julius Maada Bio in his State Speech to the citizens of Sierra Leone. He said the Insurrectionists wanted to remove him from governance, which is unbelievable because the Soldiers are right at the State House, a civilian with a bare hand cannot remove a democratically elected president without the aid of the military.

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Some big customers of Zenith Bank (SL) Limited have been complaining bitterly about bad customer service at the highest level at the bank. Some of them have even threatened to close down their accounts and leave the bank. Some customers have complained about how the bank is even blackmailing them by stalling their business transactions based on trivialities.

Some big businessmen requesting facilities from the bank are being frustrated by the heartless way in which the bank is treating them. “The bank is undermining the New Direction Government policy of empowering indigenous business people by delaying the implementation of some major government projects through some senseless bureaucratic policies”, one customer said.

The bank’s Managing Director in Sierra Leone is Chijioke Ejilemele. He is described as very arrogant and self-conceited.

This medium tried to get the side of the Head of Marketing, but unfortunately, she abandoned our telephone interview questions.

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