Ecobank Fraud Syndicate: Le500M Bail For Staff, Client


By Feima Sesay

 Magistrate Sahr Keikura has granted bail in the sum of five hundred million Leones to Saidu Sow a business man and Idrissa Abdulai Kamara a Banker at Eco Bank.

They were arraigned before him for defrauding the sum of five hundred and eighty five million Leones at EcoBank.

Both accused persons are before the court for Preliminary Investigation on twelve count charges of Conspiracy to defraud contrary to law, and  forgery of forged document contrary to section 4 (1) of the forgery Act 1913 and four count ranging from uttering forged document contrary to section 6 (1) of the forgery Act 1913.

It was alleged on the charge sheet that on a date unknown between Friday 1st January 2021 and 31st December, 2021 at No.1 Flower corner street makeni, Ecobank Micro Finance office in the Bombali Sherborn Chiefdom in the Bombali Judicial District, Northern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone with intent to defraud, both accused conspired together with other persons unknown to defraud B.S.B International the sum of five hundred and eighty five million Leones (585,000,000).

On count two, it was alleged that from September, October and November 2021 at the said office with intent to defraud, they forged certain documents to wit Ecobank Funds transfer form dated September, October and November 2021 purporting that it was originated from Ecobank Sierra Leone Limited.

 On count twelve the first accused person on a date unknown between Friday 1st January and Friday 31st December 2021 at Rogbanneh Road Makeni in the Bombali Shebora Judicial District the Northern Province of the Republic of Sierra Leone Fraudulently converted to his own use or benefit certain property that is to say the sum of five hundred and eighty five million(585,000,000) entrusted to him by Mariam Jalloh for the purpose of safe delivery into B.S.B international account(3640000600) maintain at Ecobank Sierra Leone limited.

The charges were read and explained to the accused persons who were denied making plea because the matter is Preliminary Investigation.

Counsel representing the accused persons H.Kamara applied for bail for and on behalf of the accused persons. He said his clients are Sierra Leoneans, resident within this jurisdiction and that they have reliable sureties who are willing and ready to enter into recognisance on their behalf.

Defence counsel further submitted that the accused persons are not Flight risk nor will they jump bail.

He made his application citing section 79 2 of the Criminal procedure Act No.32 of 1965.

The defence counsel further informed the bench that both parties are trying to do an alternative.

Having heard the application, magistrate Sahr Keikura granted bail to each accused persons in sum of five hundred million leones with surety in like sum.

He said the sureties must be gainfully employed from a reputable institution.  Magistrate Sahr Keikura also stated that the sureties should provide their employment letters including identity card or their respective institution.

He also ordered that the sureties must be permanently resident in Freetown. He concluded that the bail is to be verified by the Bench and approved by the Deputy Acting Registrar. He adjourned the matter was adjourned to the 2nd of June 2022.

Orange Money SL Spearheads International Transactions

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Justice Brown Marke Cautions Court Officers on Delaying Bail

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By Feima Sesay

Justice Nicholas Browne -Mark of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone has yesterday cautioned court officials to immediately grant bail to accused person, he had put on bail.

It is evidence of the fact that hosts of accused have been behind bars, despite Magistrates or Judges have given bail to them in Court.

But the process sometimes of fulfilling some of the bail conditions has been a problem for some of these accused.

On the other hand, some court officials,, according to all allegations has been deliberately denying the accused access to bail, despite the decision be made by the Magistrate or Judge.

In that light, while presiding yesterday at the May 2022 criminal Session, Justice Brown gave out a strong warning to these officials.

He said as long as he has given bail to an accused, the officers must ensure they perform their own side of the task, as long as the accused meet the laid down criteria he gave.

Justice Brown- Marke furthered that he spent a lot of time in the Bail Regulations and will not take it lightly with any individual who wants to stall such a process.

He said if any official flout his order, such official will take responsibility of his or her actions.


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