One Mohamed Yusif Jalloh, a police witness, on Tuesday April 9, 2019, testified before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of Magistrate Court No. 1 in a matter involving one Alpha Bangura who is being preliminarily investigated for attempting to sell his younger sister Ramatu Kamara for Le 00 million.
The accused was arraigned on three counts including recruiting by means of deception, transportation by means of deception and harboring by means of a position of vulnerability contrary to the Anti-Human Trafficking Act 2005.
According to the particulars of the offence, in count one, the accused Alpha Bangura on Friday March 22, 2019, at Bolima, Banga Farm section, Waterloo allegedly recruited Ramatu Kamara by means of deception for the purpose of exploitation.
In count two, it was alleged that on the same date and place, the accused by means of deception, transported the victim from Waterloo to Yams Farm for the purpose of exploitation.
It was also alleged in count three that the accused on the same date and time did harbor the victim Ramatu Kamara by means of a position of vulnerability after recruiting and transporting her from Waterloo to Yams Farm for the purpose of exploitation.
While testifying in court, the witness Detective Police Constable (DPC) 13905 Jalloh M.Y said he is attached to the Trans National Crime Unit (TOCU), Hastings and was on duty on Saturday March 23, 2019, when the victim Ramatu Kamara, who was accompanied by Alhassan Kamara from Yams Farm and Police Constable 15280 Samura H., arrested and brought in the accused and made a report of human trafficking.
He said upon receiving the report, Inspector Claude, Detective Inspector Jusu and Detective Police Constable 13112 Marcathy, obtained statement from the complainant and witness separately.
He furthered that on March 23 and 25, 2019, he obtained voluntary caution statement from the accused.
He told the court that on March 26, 2019, a team of police officers executed a search warrant at the residence of the accused but nothing of police interest was discovered.
The accused was refused bail.
The matter was prosecuted by Inspector I.G Fofanah. The matter was adjourned to April 16, 2019.