Ebrima Ceesay, a narcotics officer attached at the Drug Law Enforcement office at Abuko police station, Tuesday testified as a prosecution witness in a single count charge of prohibited drug possession against one Alieu Sowe before Magistrate Leyon at the Brikama Magistrate’s court.
In his testimony, Ceesay informed the court that, he was in his house at around 22:00 on March 10th, this year, when he received a telephone call from his boss, Lamin Bojang informing him that he had received information from Jamburr village concerning Mr. Sowe. He said Officer Bojang assigned him to go to Jamburr with one of his junior officers and wait for Mr. Sowe before his arrival at the check point.
He explained that, he hired a taxi and went to Jamburr alongside one of his junior officers. Ceesay said when they arrived at the check point; he found one of his colleagues there, who also came for the same mission. “The accused came holding two motto bicycles with one of them containing three bags of suspected cannabis. When we asked him about the owner of the suspected cannabis, he told us that the owner had ran away, but he was asked by him (owner) to look after the motto bicycle for him,” Ceesay explained.
He said Mr. Sowe was arrested at the spot and taken to Bundung police station Drug Law Enforcement office where cautionary and voluntary statements were obtained from him.
Mr. Sowe however, maintained an innocent plea, denying that he knows nothing about the suspected cannabis. “I was only asked by the owner to hold his motto bicycle for him for a minute and I never see him again.”
Inspector OS Jallow, the drug prosecuting officer then applied for adjournment of the matter to enable the prosecution bring their second witness. His application was granted by Magistrate Leyon and adjourned the matter to 2nd May.
by Isatou M Ceesay