Hajj-Gate Scam… More Indicted

 

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has at a press conference yesterday held at the Commission’s offices on Gloucester Street, Freetown, disclosed to pressmen that more individuals have been indicted in the ‘hajj-gate’ corruption matter involving former Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh, the former Adviser to President on Social Welfare, Alhaji Sheik Sahid Kamara aka Shekito and former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mr. Abu Bakarr Carew.

Addressing journalists, the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. disclosed that the Commission had to postpone the ‘hajj-gate’ trial at the High Court on Monday 30th July, 2018 because it discovered that the investigation was incomplete and that there were other individuals involved in the alleged syndicate, adding that there are going to be additional charges on the already indicted persons.

However, The ACC Commissioner neither named the other would-be indictees nor stated the additional charges pressed on the former VP and two others.

With regards the NASSIT Ferry alleged corruption matter, Commissioner Kaifala said he was not going to follow what had obtained before him but that the Commission would ensure the last penny owed to the Government of Sierra Leone for the said ferry by the erstwhile Director General of NASSIT, Mr. Edmund Koroma and two others be paid within a year.

He further disclosed that Mr. Koroma had already made an undertaken that he was prepared to pay his own portion of the said sum.

Speaking further, the ACC Commissioner disclosed that one Raymond Kargbo and two others who were employees of the Petroleum Unit allegedly paid themselves terminal benefits in the sum of Le.1.4B whilst they were still working for an additional period of one year. He said from what the Commission gathered, the three used an Executive Order to defraud the state.

Regarding the Governance Transition Team’s (GTT) Report, he said the Commission has carefully perused it and has held discussions with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice on the way forward.