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Sierra Leone: “It’s Daylight Robbery”-Pres. Koroma on NRA, Bank fraud

ErnestIn a very dull tone, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday referred to the on-going FIBank/ Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) and the National Revenue Authority (NRA) fraud cases as ‘daylight robbery’ which threatens our economy.
Addressing journalists in his first press conference at State House Credentials Hall, the President said that what happened is not unique in Sierra Leone and this is not the first time such a thing has happened in the country.
He said we have to be serious in addressing such issues and make sure that it does not happen again.
Koroma said that the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Sierra Leone Police are working on the investigations and he is happy with the investigations.
The President said that “if we have any problems with capacity in the investigations, we will seek donor partners supports to come in and help, so that such a thing will not repeat again”.
“We have to go down to the root and do systemic auditing and make new laws on how the system should work”, he said.
Koroma said that if we have to review our laws for custodial sentence and fines, we will do it and also put more stringent laws in place.
The Anti Corruption Commission on 3rd June July 2013 charged to court, 17 persons from the NRA, Ecobank and the Sierra Leone National Shipping Agency for breach of various offences under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
The offences includes misappropriation of Public Revenue, Fraudulent Reduction of Customs Charges, Corrupt Transaction with Agents, Accepting and Advantage, Being in Control of Pecuniary Resource Disproportionate to Official Emolument; all contrary to provisions of ACC Act 2008.
Also charged to court for the alleged banking related fraud in the sum of Five Billion, Six Hundred Million Leones against the following persons: Kabba Simeon Khalu, Henry Emmanuel Baio, Daniel Mattia, Yakuba Kargbo,Crispin Deigh and Chief Tony Izubundu Chinyere.
By Jay Willie & Abibatu Kamara

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