Lawyer Ahmed Atata Mansaray has reportedly abandoned his clients (accused) staff of Access Bank, Yayah Billal Sillah and Komba Fellie who were dragged to court by the Management of Access Bank for duping the bank Eleven Thousand United States dollars. The matter came up last Wednesday 14th December 2022, before Magistrate Mark Ngegba of Court No.1 on Pademba Road, Freetown.

The Registrar read out 220 counts and more charges were added. Initially, it was 201 counts but as investigations intensified more charges were added.

After reading all the charges, no plea was taken and when Magistrate Ngebga requested asked about their solicitors, both accused reported that their solicitor Ahmed Atata Mansaray Esq. was no longer representing them and as a result, they will look for another solicitor to represent them at the next court adjournment. Sergeant 9939 Lahai M, is now prosecuting the matter. He requested a date to call his first prosecution witness. The substantive Prosecutor was ASP Ibrahim Sheik Mansaray.

Magistrate Ngegba later adjourned the matter to the 15th of December 2022. Could he recall that Yayah Billal Sillah and Komha Fellie are employees of the Access Bank? They are charged with 220 counts of possession of counterfeit notes contrary to Section 34 (1)(b) of the Bank of Sierra Leone Act No. 5 of 2019. According

to the charge sheet on count 1-220, both accused Da Yayah Billal Sillah and Komba Fillie on Saturday 17th September 2022, at Access Bank Sierra Leone Limited Head Office on Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown, were found in possession of Eleven Thousand United States Dollars Notes with serial number ME015048258 reasonably suspected to have been counterfeit or unlawfully obtained.