Station Officer Testifies in Sheikh Cham’s Obstruction Trial

By Kebba Jeffang

Mr. Abdoulie Kebbeh, a drug enforcement officer on Saturday, 20th June, 2015 testified in the trial of Sheikh Cham,Sheikh Cham a young man who alleges he was beaten by his captors.

Mr Kebbeh is the station officer at Wellingara Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEA), who testified as the first prosecution witness in the alleged obstruction trial involving Sheikh Cham, a staff of the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC).

When the case was called, prosecutor Jawla announced his representation of the DLEA whilst lawyer Modou Drammeh appeared for the accused person.

The witness, with the rank identification NCA3, said he recognised the accused person in the dock and could recall what happened between them on the 19th March, 2015. He said on that day around 22hrs (10pm), he led a team of narcotic officers in the vicinity of Lamin village.

“We reached a ghetto called ‘Obama’ and we saw two boys that suited our information. They were approached and we introduced ourselves as narcotic officers. One of them complied to be searched but the accused person refused to be searched after being shown a search warrant. He perambulated excessively using abusive words on us and a necessary force was used to arrest him. He was therefore arrested and brought to Wellingara DLEA office. He was questioned about his resistance of search and his conduct but he declined to say anything,” said the witness.

PW1 Kebbeh further told the court that the cautionary statement of the accused was taken voluntarily and was later charged with obstruction.

Examination-in-chief of the first prosecution witness ended at this stage and the matter was adjourned till Wednesday, 1 July 2015.