In the High Court of Sierra Leone before Justice Ernest Gooding, an okada rider, Saidu Sulaiman Dumbuya, alleged that around 9 p.m. on November 10th 2016 Abubakarr Barrie and Saidu Dumbuya used charms (Juju) on him and stole his motor bike at SLMB in Wellington, Freetown.
Saidu Sulaiman Dumbuya recalled that on the date of the robbery, the two accused approached him at SLMB junction and asked him to ride them to Old Wharf in Wellington and when they got to Old Wharf he said the 1st accused Saidu Dumbuya instructed him to take them back to the SLMB junction.
“I took them back to the junction and upon our arrival I asked the accused to pay me. The second accused Abubakarr Barrie then reached into his right pocket and removed something.
He placed it on my palm and when I opened my hand I saw fire and smoke. I started feeling dizzy. My nose and throat burned and after some seconds I fell down into a gutter and fell unconscious”.
He further explained, “When I regained my consciousness, I realized I was in a gutter, I managed to creep out of the gutter, fighting for my life. I noticed that my bag containing my money (Le 1,480,000), Galaxy phone and motor bike were missing”.
Dumbuya said he managed to cross over to his colleagues and informed them about the incident. “We chased them up to Jui junction but couldn’t find them. Later, I received a call from my friend and he informed me that he saw two guys pushing my motor bike going towards Old Wharf”.
Upon this information he made a report at the Calaba Town Police Station and together with his colleague bike riders they went to Old Wharf and found the bike packed in an unfinished building.
Abubakarr Barrie and Saidu Dumbuya were later apprehended by the police after investigations and charged to Court with robbery contrary to law.
The matter was prosecuted by state Counsel O. V. Robin Mason Jr. and the accused were defended by S. B. Brown. The matter continues on 15th February 2017, while the accused remain in custody.