AIG Warns Public


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Director of Crime Service in the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Brima Jah has raised serious concern over the doctoring of information on social media by unscrupulous individuals for surreptitious reasons.

The Director of Crime Services raised the concern following the Sunday 17th March, 2019 Guard Street gruesome incident that involved a 32-year-old young man believed to be a mobile dealer and an India businessman that rocked the entire Freetown.

According to AIG Brima Jah, a team of senior police officers visited the crime scene but no human skull, blood in container or trace of ritual sacrifice was found as claimed by some posters on the social media.

“We want to clearly state here that a thorough search was conducted on the house where the  incident took place and there was no human skull, blood in container or any trace of ritual murder happening there as alleged on the social media,” said AIG Brima Jah. The police, he said, are investigating a possible attempted murder and robbery with violence.

The mobile dealer, Bai Koroma, who is the victim, came in contact with the Indian businessman, Pankaj Kumar Panchal in 2017 in the course of his trade, the Director of Crime Services explained, adding that the Indian businessman, who is now in police custody as suspect, bought two mobile phones from the victim during their first business encounter. He furthered that both the victim and the suspect have been doing business for over a year.

Police report states that on Saturday 16th March, 2019, the Indian businessman requested Bai Koroma to take eight mobile phones to his residence to purchase for his children, which Bai Koroma did and coincidentally, the latter had on him Le50 million he had collected from customers at the time he arrived at the residence of the Indian businessman.

The victim, police report states, was locked in immediately he entered the house and two other Sierra Leoneans surfaced and attempted to catch him, adding that the fight that ensued caught the attention of neighbouring houses that alerted the police.

AIG Brima Jah disclosed that the matter is under investigation and therefore warned members of the public against any mob justice or reprisal attacks on Indian national.