Paramount Expresses Remorse Before Justice Momoh-Jah Stevens Commission of Inquiry

Justice Alhaji Mohamed Momoh-Jah Stevens, Judge of the Court of Appeal at Guma Building, in Freetown, initiated an investigation into allegations of incitement and breaches of ethics involving Paramount Chief Alimamy Bockarie Yellan Koroma of Dansogoia Chiefdom, Tonkolili District.

PC Alimamy Bockarie Yellan Koroma, suspended by Minister Tamba J.S. Lamina on August 7th, 2023, made his initial appearance before the President’s Commission of Inquiry on November 8th, 2023.

Representing the State, Lawyers E. Sarkoh and T.J. Freeman addressed the inquiry. Paramount Chief Alimamy B.Y. Koroma acknowledged being aware of the need for legal representation but opted against it.

Lawyer Sarkoh clarified that the inquiry focused on allegations against the Paramount Chief, emphasizing the appointment of a Secretariat and the formal gazetting of the inquiry.

A sworn official from the Government Printing Department, Alishia Lebbie, attested to the publication of the Gazette pertaining to the inquiry.

Justice Momoh-Jah Stevens, the Sole Commissioner, elucidated that the Commission investigates allegations of Incitement, Breach of Ethics, Self-Regulation, and Gross Misconduct. He affirmed the impartial conduct of the inquiry.

On his second appearance, Paramount Chief Alimamy B.Y. Koroma admitted guilt to all charges leveled by the State. He expressed profound apologies to President Julius Maada Bio, the Government, Dansogoia Chiefdom, and Justice Alhaji Momoh-Jah Stevens for his “unfortunate behavior.”

The inquiry concludes, and Justice Alhaji Momoh-Jah Stevens will present his Report to the President, who will decide on the recommendations in the Report.


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