The Management of Mamawa and Sons, accused of conspiring with employees to dupe the United Bank of Africa (UBA) out of over US$1million, has challenged the bank’s authority to make available in Court, documentary evidence that links his company to the act alleged.
Mr. Samuka M. Konneh, who is manager of the company, also threatened if the bank fails, his legal team is considering a lawsuit against his accuser.
That emotional statement was made to journalists on Wednesday, March 6, at the Temple of Justice.
“Look, they say Mamawa and Sons connived to rob the bank of over US$1million; but they failed to take the particular company to court.
We have not been arrested, since the theft news broke out in 2011,” Konneh explained. That left him wondering whether the “theft” at the bank had actually taken place, or not.
It may be recalled that in 2011, the grand jury of Criminal Court ‘A’ through UBA, indicted 13 employees of the bank’s branches in Ganta, and in Monrovia, for allegedly manipulating the system and loaning over US$1million to individuals and institutions, including Mamawa and Sons Incorporated.
They named co-defendant, Tunde C. Fon, who was a “cash officer” assigned at the bank’s Bushrod Island branch, as the main person behind the criminal acts.
Along with several institutions and the 13 main culprits fingered and indicted, Mamawa and sons was later charged with crimes including economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy, facilitation, and theft of property.
But, Konneh said, one of the documents the bank needs to make available is “account numbers” of the company.
According to him, that will established the real Mamawa and Sons involved with the over US$1million theft.
“There are lots of companies operating in the country named Mamawa and Sons,” he claimed. “So, the bank needs to clarify for the general public, which Mamawa and Sons it is talking about.”
He was quick to admit that his company has an account with UBA, disassociating it from the US$1million theft, considering it as what he called “mis-identity.”
“I am going to make them publicly announce the main Mamawa and Sons—or else, we go to court,” he declared.
“This situation has created serious embarrassment for my business partner and I’m not going to take it lightly. We will pursue legal means to have the bank make the main company available,” Konneh promised.