3 accused of private WASSCE malpractice get bail

At the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) division of the High Court in Freetown on Wednesday 4th March 2020, Justice Bintu Alhadi admitted three persons accused of examination malpractice to the following bail conditions:

  • The accused surrender all traveling documents to the court;
  • Each of them have one surety to enter into recognizance of Le50 million. Each surety should show letters of employment.
  • The Judge also banned the accused from traveling until the end of the matter.
  • The bail should be approved by the Judge.

The three accused, Henry Kamara, Marion F.M. Kamara, of the Holy Family School Quarters, Deep Eye Water, Wellington, Freetown, and Emmanuel Kobby of Bai Bureh Road, Freetown, made their first appearance before the Judge on Wednesday on a combined total of five counts of Soliciting an Advantage, contrary to Section 39(1)(b), Accepting an Advantage, contrary to Section 39(1)(b),  and Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 respectively. The ACC allege between January and September 2019, Henry Kamara, in his capacity as agent of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), solicited Le2 million from Olu Williams, as an inducement to show favour to Simon Williams, a cousin of Olu Williams by allowing Simon Williams to take the West Africa Senior School Certificate Private Examination (WASSCE) 2019 at a dwelling house, rather than the designated centre set up at the Holy Family Secondary School. Henry Kamara faces one count of Soliciting an Advantage, two counts of Accepting an Advantage, both contrary to Section 39(1); and one count of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008 respectively. Marion Follah Musu Kamara, in her capacity as an agent of WAEC, solicited Le1,500,000, from Olu Williams, as an inducement to show favour to Simon Williams. Marion Follah Musu Kamara faces one count of Soliciting an Advantage, contrary to Section 39(1), of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008. Emmanuel Kobby, being the Information Technology Engineer at the Holy Family Secondary School, Deep Eye Water, Wellington, between January and September 2019, conspired with others to commit a corruption offence. Kobby accepted Le1,700,000 from Elizabeth Kamara for the purpose of allowing her to take the 2019 Private WASSC Examination, at a dwelling house, rather than the designated centre set up at the Holy Family Secondary School. Kobby faces one count of Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008. The accused persons denied the allegations. The matter was adjourned to 18th March 2020.

EBD/5/3/20

By Edna Browne-Dauphine

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