By Jane B. Mansaray………………….
The National Revenue Authority Manager in the Anti Smuggling Department of Customs Excise, Mr. Brima Samba Kemoh yesterday testified before Justice Alusine Sesay over an alleged missing 40ft container matter investigated and charged to court by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) involving four accused.
Led in evidence by (ACC) Lawyer Ade Macauley, the witness said he recognised the first accused Ahmed Kamara who he knows as a colleague employee at the Customs Department attached to the main security port outdoor gate working in the capacity as Booking Customs Officer.
He said he recalled on a date between the 1st and 31st March 2014, and on the 6th March 2014 at hour of 7: am to 9: pm when he received an information that a 40ft container had left the Ports without undergoing Customs due process.
Based on information, the witness said he ordered one Mr. James Cole, a Customs Officer to investigate the issue and report to him immediately.
The witness stated that the investigator did exactly as ordered and the report confirmed the missing of the said container, consignment of one Mr. Chernor Barrie without payment and accountability.
He said he had cause to summon officers in charge into his office for interrogation.
At the office, the witness said the first accused Ahmed Kamara apologised on the grounds that he was responsible for the ugly incident as he was the officer incharge.
A photo copy of a release order document allegedly bearing the signature of Brima Samba Kemoh (witness) and customs stamp with no evidence of customs serial number was identified in court
The accused including Ahmed Kamara and three others were facing related counts charge of conspiracy and misappropriation of public fund contrary to the Anti Corruption Commission Act of 2008
All accused are on bail and being represented by Lawyer Leo Jenkins Johnston.
The matter was adjourned to the 10th March 2016.