Sierra Leone News: ACC Confiscates Properties for the State

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Francis Ben Kelfala, Commissioner for Sierra Leone’s Anti Corruptions Commission (ACC),

A public notice issued by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says that, through intelligence-led investigation exercises, the under-mentioned properties have been confiscated; and are currently in ACC’s possession:

1.      Ribar Hotel, situated at No. 3 Sukutamba Street, Koidu City, Kono District. The former Deputy Minister of Works, Abdul Barrie, who it was believed owned it, has denied ownership. It had therefore been sealed for the past eight (8) months.

2.      One White Unregistered Toyota Land Cruiser Vehicle, which was formerly in the possession of the Former Deputy Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Madam Kadijatu Olamatu Seisay, which she had claimed was stolen from her driver, has been retrieved by the ACC from the Republic of Guinea.

According to ACC investigations they established that it was sold through a corrupt conspiracy and claim that the vehicle had been given to her by former President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, as her end of service benefit is false. She is currently standing trial for Misappropriation of Public Property.

3.      One White Registered Toyota Land Cruiser Vehicle ANS 219, which was found in the possession of an individual who claims it was hidden in his premises on the instructions of the Former Commissioner-General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Haja Kalla Kamara.

These properties are believed to have been corruptly acquired or kept by Public Officers and have now been retrieved by the ACC for the People of Sierra Leone.

With respect to the Ribar Hotel, no one has laid claim to the property since it was confiscated by the ACC some eight (8) months ago.  In that regard, the ACC says it will soon proceed to taking necessary steps to dispose of the said property and the proceeds returned to the State; or otherwise, will hand it over to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice for forfeiture to the State.

The Two (2) White Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles will be handed over to the Ministry of Transport and Aviation, once the necessary administrative processes have been completed for re-allocation within the Public Service.

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