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ACC ends probe into missing vehicles at quay

- says containers carrying vehicles arrived empty

January 12, 2014

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it has formally concluded an investigation into allegations relating to the theft of the contents of four containers slated for auctioning at the Queen Elizabeth II Quay in Freetown.

It could be recalled that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, on 17th December 2014, made a referral to the ACC for investigation into the said allegations.

The commission, in a press release issued last Friday, said it has formally concluded the investigation and found nothing criminal.

The commission revealed that in the course of the investigation, two of the containers purportedly carrying vehicles were intercepted by officials of the U.S. Customs Border Patrol, and removed their contents on the grounds that the vehicles were stolen from the United States.

“The ACC wishes to inform the general public that the containers – loaded and shipped from various ports in New Jersey and New York in the United States of America – arrived empty at the port in Freetown,” the commission stated in its release. “The investigation…[did] not disclose criminal liability to staff of the National Revenue Authority nor that of the Sierra Leone Ports Authority.”

However, the commission said it will continue its investigations in respect of the other two containers, and other corruption-related activities associated with the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.