Management of Bank of Sierra Leone on August 10th immorally dished Le40, 800, 000 to nameless policemen attached to the CID as they investigate bank officials allegedly involved in the trading of foreign currencies.
The amount, our investigation finds out, was separately paid to the police on the same 10th August on orders of the Governor, Patrick Conteh.
Hilton Jarrett, assistant director, who also doubles as personal assistant office of the Governor, reportedly received the Le40, 800, 000 from the bank’s teller and handed same to the nameless CID officers.
Even though the payments made to the police seem underhanded, they are tagged by bank officials as ‘special impress’ and ‘purchase of gargets’ for the CID investigators.
Ibrahim Bah, a businessman owning a foreign exchange bureau is the complainant in the matter.
In a letter written to the CID by Governor Patrick Conteh, it stated that some Bank of Sierra Leone officials have had their hands in the illegal trading of foreign currencies in the bank.
Although the Governor failed making an official complaint to the police, he claimed to have proof of facts associating personnel of BSL in illegal financial dealings with complainant Ibrahim.
Shocking the most is allegation linking management of BSL in the woeful doling out of $6000 to the lawyer of Ibrahim as retainer fee.
And that the moneys given the police were paid out in two separate instances- Le20 million as ‘special impress’ (of course, reliably authorized by Alfred Gbekie (manager) and Samah (assistant director) and Le20, 800, likewise tagged as ‘for investigative gargets’ respectively.
In totality, Le40, 800,000 was questionably given the nameless CID officers just like that.
It is still not known whether the police have submitted returns to the bank to show how moneys given them were spent in the course of their investigations.
It is true the police, as a state security apparatus, do have the responsibilities of protecting lives, preventing crime and apprehending offenders, and by extension must constitutionally not take money from any institution on the pretext of ‘special impress’ and/or ‘for the purchase of investigative gargets’ not least from Bank of Sierra Leone.
Many say moneys given the police speak about corruption and misuse of public’s fund on the part of BSL.
Efforts having an official of the anti corruption speak to the New Age concerning BSL’s dishing out of millions to the police proved futile.
However, BSL’s public relations officer, Beresford Taylor, was contacted but promised getting back to us but never did.