Whilst many young Sierra Leoneans have shown the desire to look for greener pastures abroad, various organizations have taken advantage of this vulnerable state to dupe them. Among these are Wealth Builders, which took huge sums of money from Sierra Leoneans with the pretext that they will double or triple their contributions base on the amount received. Many were duped by Wealth Builders, and the matter was taken to Court, resulting in the conviction of the officials of the organization.
Now, another such organization has surfaced, known as QNET, with offices in eastern Freetown, Lungi, Maknei and other parts of the country. These officials have been able to capitalize on the vulnerable situation of people to dupe them. They run their organization like a micro-finance and as well promise to facilitate travelling opportunities abroad. This unfortunate situation has seen many young people rushing to travel abroad. Many have parted with huge sums of money, but unfortunately, the expected trip has been a farce. Recently some officials of Qnet have been arrested and charged to Court, and have been remanded at the country’s prisons in Freetown.
What this has shown is that many such organizations are coming to the country, carry out their nefarious activities unhindered, eventually duping poor citizens. Concerned citizens are calling on the government to take serious action to bring such people to book. The various registration bodies of such organizations or companies should ensure that proper scrutiny is done on all such prospective organizations. It is hoped that the current matter before the court will be highly monitored and the suspects brought to book, giving the victims justice.
It is such people that are responsible for the many Sierra Leoneans languishing in places like Kuwait, UAE, Dubai etc. Such people have been responsible for the deaths of many Sierra Leoneans on the high seas, all in the name of travelling abroad for greener pastures. If serious action is not taken to address this ugly syndicate, many more lives will be lost and many more duped.
Reference is therefore drawn on a matter in presently in court wherein 8 QNET staff were remanded for fraud. The matter in question is presently in the hands of Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court 1.
See evidence of the court matter as was reported in one of our past edition…
8 QNET Staff Remanded
Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court No 1 has remanded eight Qnet Staff, who told the Court that they are travelling agents employed by Qnet, helping people to travel to different countries. The accused persons are all staff at Qnet, and included Salamatu Koroma, Sorie Kabbah, Sheka Mansaray, Aruna Kargbo, Foday Koroma, Mohamed Bangura, Ibrahim Kelvin Mansaray and Said Dao, who appeared before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of the Pademba Road Court No. 1 in Freetown to answer to 11 count charges of Conspiracy to commit a fraud and 10 counts, ranging from obtaining money by false pretences. They have been remanded at the Male and Female Correctional Centres respectively for not meeting the conditions of the bail.
All accused persons were present and the charges were read and explained to them, and they all pleaded not guilty to the offence.
According to the particulars of offence the accused persons, on dates unknown between the 1st May, 2022 and the 31st June 2022 at No.124 City Road off Haja- Fatmata, Wellington, Freetown, with intent to defraud, conspired together with other persons unknown to commit a felony; to wit: obtaining money by false pretences, on count two; the accused persons caused Sinnah Aminata Kamara to pay the sum of Seventy million Leones to facilitate her travel to Canada, knowing same to be false, and on the same date the accused persons obtained different amounts of money; to wit: Seventy Million Leones from Aruna Quesi to facilitate his travel to Australia, which is known to be false. The Prosecutor told the bench that she will bring her witnesses to testify on the next adjourned date.
In that light, Emmanuel Teddy Koroma Esq. applied for bail for the accused persons pursuant to section 79 2 of the Criminal Procedure Act No.32 of 1965, and after consideration of the matter, Magistrate Ngegba granted the accused persons bail in the sum of one hundred million Leones each and one surety in like sum, also that their sureties must be gainfully employed, and be resident within this jurisdiction, and the bail to be approved by the Master and Registrar. The matter was adjourned to the 3rd October 2022. The accused persons did not meet the condition of the bail and were remanded in custody until they fulfill their bail conditions.