ACC Arrests 3 At Water Quay

 

By Ayodele Deen Cole

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested several people at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay following an operational raid at the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) at Cline Town in east end Freetown as confirmed by the Public and Education Officer at the Commission, Abu Bakarr Turay.

According to report, the ACC had for months been closely observing the operations of the Customs and Excise Department of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), particularly the vehicles, container and auction sections. The Commission reportedly observed that many of the staff members were involved in bribery, deliberate undervaluation, unjustified waivers, racketeering and abuse of office.

The raid, which lasted for over a period of two weeks, has led to several arrests and detention of some senior officials at the quay, including the Supervisor at the Vehicles Section, Mr. Sow, Madam Agnes Banya and Mr. Akmad Karim. They are accused of bribery and impeding investment contrary to the ACC Act. Several other arrests were made amongst personnel of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) security, Customs and Excise Department officials and their collaborators. They have been denied bail by the Commission despite the appearance of their lawyers and families.

Meanwhile, the ACC is also investigating the Auction Sections at both the SLPA and Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) following the arrest of the head of the Auction Section at the SLRA.