COI Nails 84 *20 Government Ministers *2 Former Bank Governors *3 Members Of Parliament *10 Permanent Secretary

Hon. Sir Biobele Abraham Georgewill of Commission Number One, Constitutional Instrument No. 64 of 2018 yesterday Wednesday 25th March, 2020 presented his report to His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio at the Peace Museum, Special Court Building on Jomo Kenyatta Road in Freetown.

The report indicted 84 Persons of Interest out of 126 and amongst them are the erstwhile President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and 20 government Ministers who served in his administration, 2 former Bank Governors, 3 Members of Parliament and ten Permanent Secretaries.

The report further states that about Le323, 555, 873, 556.14 (Three Hundred and Twenty-Three Billion, Five Hundred and Fifty-Five Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty-Six Leones, Fourteen Cents) and US$94,217,803.30 (Ninety-Four Million, Two Hundred and Seventeen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Three United States Dollars, Thirty Cents) were misappropriated and or unverified and had remained unaccounted for and lost to corruption in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) between November 2007 and April 2018 as investigated by Commission Number One. 

The report recommended the following: that all amounts recommended to be paid or refunded shall be refunded and paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Government of Sierra Leone within 30 days from the date of the ratification of the recommendations by the Government of Sierra Leone; that in the event of failure or neglect or refusal to make the refunds and payment into the Consolidated Revenue Fund within the 30 days period by any one as indicted above, the Government shall use all lawful means to confiscate all monies standing to the credit of any of the indicted persons and properties, movable and immovable, including houses, vehicles, stocks, belonging to any of the indicted persons for the purposes of selling them to recover the said amounts; that all irregular allocations of State lands and leases converted to freeholds without due process should be set aside, nullified and revoked and all the said lands reverted to the Government of Sierra Leone and the monies paid be refunded to the affected persons by the Government; that all indicted Persons of Interest and their collaborators involved in gross abuse of public office shall be barred from holding any public offices on subvention or howsoever funded by the Government of Sierra Leone for a period of five years from the date of acceptance of this recommendation by the Government of Sierra Leone. 

The report concluded that from the findings by Commission Number One, the worst managed Ministry in the period under review was the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The issue of indebtedness of the Government of Sierra Leone to Limkokwing University is a farce as exposed in the findings under Ministry of Education, Science and Technology! Having received the report, President Julius Maada Bio is now expected to present the report to his cabinet from there a white paper emerges. From the date the White Paper is made public, a period of thirty days will be issued to either pay back or get properties confiscated.