Magistrate Mark Ngegba of the Pademba Road Magistrate Court has issued a ‘subpoena order’ to summon witnesses who the defence counsels consider necessary in Mayor of Freeetown, Yvonne  Aki-Sawyer’s alleged obstruction of police duty case. 

It could be recalled that sometime in September 2022, Mayor Aki-Sawyer, was alleged of “obstructing Sierra Leone police from executing their duty”, contrary to Section 39, of Act No. 7 of the Police Act of 1964, as well as contravening Section 12(b) of the Public Order Act of 1965, respectively.

The matter which has been in Court for months continues to make headlines on the front pages of various tabloids in Freetown.

The matter that was supposed to hold yesterday, Tuesday, 14 February 2023 at the Pademba Road Magistrate Court, but was adjourned because the Defence Counsels requested the Court to issue a ‘subpoena order’ to summon witnesses who they consider necessary to the furtherance of the said matter.

Melron Nicol, Esq., one of the Counsels in Mayor Aki Sawyer’s Defence Team, yesterday prayed for the Court to adjourn the matter, so that, they will be able to get strategic witnesses to appear before the Court to testify in the matter.

Magistrate Mark Ngegba of the Pademba Road Magistrate Court had no choice, but to honour the Defence’s request of adjourning the matter for another day, essentially for them to be able to summon witnesses who would testify on the matter.

The Magistrate issued the subpoena and adjourned the matter for hearing on Monday, 20th February 2023.