ACC To Indict 6 Big Guns

 

Former government officials who have fallen under the radar of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on allegations of corruption are said to be having sleepless nights as the Commission continues to robustly implement the Bio Government’s transparency and accountability policy.

Information reaching The Exclusive states that ACC is poised to rope in 6 big guns (reportedly, 2 former Ministers, 2 former Deputy Ministers and 2 former parastatal heads) that served in the former Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma administration on several corruption related charges.

Whilst ACC sources did not divulge the names of the indictees, it was confirmed that the charges against them include misappropriation of public funds, award of contracts to companies in which they had vested interest – “conflict of interest” the ACC called it, and misuse of office for personal advantage.

ACC sources said that prior to proffering charges against the 6 former government officials, the Commission’s investigative team had done detailed scrutiny of the evidences against them and that the Commission is now confident that it has irrefutable evidence to convict them upon prosecution if they fail to reach a settlement with the ACC and opt for trial in a court of law.

Along this line, ACC on the 3rd of December, 2018 formally indicted the former Deputy Minister of Works, Abdulai Barrie. The charges against him include using office to confer an advantage contrary to Section 42(1) of the ACC Act 2008; abuse of position contrary to Section 43; failure to disclose interest to a public body (Section 45(1) and award of contract to a company in which he had an interest for refurbishing of government properties to the tune of nearly Le2 billion – the company allegedly owned by his wife to whose account he is a signatory.