The bail bond conditionalities indicated that all the five accused must produce one surety each and sureties should be residential citizens in the Freetown judicial district and they must produce one title deed each, national passports and bail to be approved by the Master and Registrar of the court.
The five accused, namely Frank Gibao, Ibrahim Bangura, Mohamed George, Alimamy Bangura and Sullay Kamara were former staff of the Security Investigation and Logistics Service and their indictment indicated that the accused conspired with other unknown persons to commit a Felony, contrary to the country’s laws.
The first prosecution witness, Mohamed Jalloh who was led in evidence by police prosecutor, Inspector Hawa Bah disclosed that he recognized all accused persons in the dock, as former staff of the Security Investigation and Logistics Service, and they were assigned to provide security service at N0.24 Wilberforce Street, usually referred to as P Z building in the central part Freetown.
He intimated the well attended court session that he was a caretaker of the said building and could also recalled 29 January 2017, stating that on the aforementioned date, he had a telephone call from an official of the said security agency, informing him to meet at N0. 24 Wilberforce Street.
According to Mohamed Jalloh, on his arrival he was taken to the third floor of the said building which houses stores and merchandise, and that after conducting inspectors of various stores, he realized that properties worth two hundred and ninety one million leones had been stolen from Saidu Jalloh store within the same P Z building.
He further testified that all the items allegedly stolen by the accused persons were listed down and presented to the head of the Security Investigation and Logistics Service, police officer who investigated the matter before it was charged to court.
Magistrate Dr. Abubakar Binneh Kamara adjourned the matter to 3 March 2017, and ordered all accused persons to be remanded at the Male Correctional Centre, on Pademba road in the west end of the country’s capital Freetown.
The accused persons were represented by lawyer Francis Ben Kaifala.