ACC Nabs 8

 

By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Public Relations Officer of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Success Sorie Kamara has disclosed in Freetown that they have arrested and detained eight traffic police officers that allegedly extorted money from commercial drivers plying the Lumley-Regent Road and Aberdeen-Goderich Street axis.

According to the PRO, among the eight traffic police officers is a pregnant woman, adding that the traffic police officers and commercial drivers were running   a syndicate.

He further disclosed that the ACC has been receiving intelligence on the rampant racketeering by traffic police officers and the Road Safety Corps, whom, he said, always connive to extort Le50, 000.00 from each commercial driver on a weekly basis known as what he called “Morkorfay,” so that they would continue breaking traffic rules and regulations with impunity.

Mr. Kamara further disclosed that the officers were caught on the height with exhibits available, adding that as investigation into the extortionate behaviour of the officers continues, the anti-graft agency is poised to bring to book traffic police officers and Road Safety Corps.

He quoted the suspects as alleging that some senior police personnel are involved in the racketeering, adding that they have ample evidence to mount and effect their arrest.

The PRO assured that whoever is involved in the racketeering, whether traffic enforcers or drivers, would be arrested.