On 24 May 2017, Abdul C. Kamara sued Environmental Officers of the Freetown City Council (FCC), Suleiman Z. Parker, Alan Cole and D.O. Marrah. The defendants were accused of demolishing a fence worth Le50 million belonging to the plaintiff, Abdul Kamara, at Kroo Town Road. They were charged with Malicious Damage of Property contrary to Section 51 of the Malicious Damage Act of 1861.
On 24 October 2017, they appeared before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie of the Freetown Magistrate Court No.2 to answer to the above charge. Testifying in Court a niece of the complainant, Zainab Kamara, said she was at home in Kroo Town Road when a group of City Council officers came into their compound with some equipment.
She noted, “the first defendant, Alan Cole, led the team of officers into our compound and he identified the house and ordered his colleagues to demolish the fence.” She furthered that the official started demolishing the fence without saying anything to the complainant.
“During the demolition process, I asked the officers whether they have the permission to do such and the second defendant, Suleiman Zainab Parker, said to me that they have the authority from above.” According to the witness, the first defendant urged his colleagues officers to continue their work and not to listen to the statement of anybody in the compound. According to her, that they destroyed almost the entire fence of the house. Magistrate Hannah Bonnie adjourned the matter 30 October 2017.
BY Mohamed J. Bah
Wednesday October 25, 2017.