Kamarainba Mansaray, Leader Alliance Democratic Party yesterday accused Vice President Bockarie Foh as the mastermind to his arrest vis-à-vis alleged unlawful possession of firearm.
Kamarainba claimed his arrest came shortly after Vice President Foh summoned the AIG East, Karrow Kamara and his Local Unit Commander Segbewma Police Station, Supt. Joseph Kargbo to his Tower Hill office, blaming and mouth lashing them for failing to arrest the former at the time he was found in possession of a firearm.
That he (Kamarainba) came to know this just when he was called upon by the police at their Freetown headquarters office in relation to the alleged weapon/firearm found his possession while on a political campaign trip in Segbewma a week later.
“On my arrival at police headquarters, I first met LUC Joseph Kargbo who angrily told me he was summoned to the office of the Vice President, where incidentally he was badly treated and later ordered to necessarily cause my arrest and without delay my prosecution too,” Kamarainba said.
He said after being charged to the court on three counts, he was on first appearance refused bail, kept behind bars at the Kenema correctional center for about a week before finally granted self bail on second appearance.
It is a fact Kamarainba, a week to his arrest and of course prosecution, was reportedly intercepted by the police while in Segbewma town and found in his possession a small arm/offensive weapon without lawful authority, charged but was refused bail, later kept behind bars for days.
His arrest came days after the police allegedly caught him in possession of a firearm, which they say was a weapon utterly harmful and was unlawfully possessed.
However, and what baffled minds of the public is the fact that the police failed arresting Kamarainba just about the time he was found in possession of the alleged offensive weapon/firearm, rather did so a week after, presumably upon demands from the political class.
Their assumptions are that the ADP politician should have been arrested right at the scene of crime and not at Police headquarter, more so that section 13 (a) of criminal procedure act gives the police the right to arrest any person who within the view of the public commits an offence.
Karrow Kamara, Assistant Inspector General Eastern Province recently had told Sierra Leoneans that Kamarainba’s arrest was effected at the police Freetown Headquarter office, but did not state reason for such an unprincipled action.
Recent revelation by Kamarainba is that the police were ordered by office of the Vice President, where regrettably both AIG Karrow and Supt. Joseph Kargbo were reportedly humiliated for not arresting him (Kamarainba) after finding him in possession of an offensive weapon, that which has raised the suspicion that the selected Vice President, Victor Bockarie Foh, may have masterminded police’s courted standpoint against the ADP politician.
Kamarainba, who last week, was granted self bail after spending almost a week in cells of the Kenema Correctional Center, in his second appearance was represented by battery of lawyers from the opposition Sierra Leone People Party and from private legal practitioners nationwide.
The civil society and the media were also in court in follow up of Kamarainba’s second appearance.