The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 10 December 2015 indicted nine (9) persons for various corruption offences under the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
Abdul Mutalib Kamara, Richard Mansaray, Emmanuel Essah, Emson Thorlli, and Jamescina Browne, all staff of the Sierra Leone National Shipping Company (SLNSC), are charged with Corruption Transaction with Agents, contrary to Section 39(3) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008 (AC Act 2008).
As Delivery Clerks of SLNSC, the aforementioned persons embarked on a corrupt enterprise in which they falsified and inflated figures of monies they deposited into an account on behalf of Addax Bio Energy for terminal and handling services.
In some instances, they inserted fictitious names into deposit slips as depositors of amounts which were less than what was actually collected for these payments.
The ACC also charged to court Leslie Lahai Monson, Kerfala Janneh, and Millicent Abdulai for Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence and Misappropriation of Donor Funds, contrary to sections 128(1) and section 37(1) of the AC Act 2008 respectively.
All being employees of the World Vision Bo, they conspired to commit a corruption offence by inflating, by 87, the number of registered beneficiaries of the WFP Food Aid and Ebola payment scheme to the Nengbema Community, Bo District. In this scheme, the aforementioned World Vision employees, dishonestly appropriated donor funds.
Mr. Emmanuel Caulker, Principal, Njama Nimikoro Secondary School, Kono, was also charged for Misappropriation of Public Funds, and Abuse of Office, contrary to sections 36(1) and 42(1) of the AC Act 2008 respectively. Mr. Caulker, in his capacity as principal, misappropriated public funds, being excess backlog salaries for three teachers of the aforementioned school.
Meanwhile, the High Court, Holden in Kenema, on 10 December 2015, found Millicent Augusta Blango, Bursar, Islamic Secondary School, Kenema, and Samuel K. Ngegba, Assistant Accountant, Government Sub-Treasury, Kenema, guilty of committing various offences, including Misappropriation of Public Funds, contrary to Section 136(1), and conspiracy to commit corruption offences, contrary to sections 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 2008.
The presiding judge, Justice Ernest E.R. Gooding, sentenced Millicent Augusta Blango to seven years imprisonment on each of the five counts, a total of 35 years to run concurrently; or pay the sum of 35 million Leones on each count, totaling 175 million Leones.
In a similar vein, Samuel K. Ngegba, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, or pay the sum of 50 million Leones.
The ACC wishes to reassure the general public that it remains committed to the fight against corruption in every sector of society.