April 9, 2019
By Dusuba Koroma
Justice Biobele Geogewill has yesterday ordered the Inspector General of Police, Dr. Richard Moigbe to issue, with immediate effect, an arrest warrant for three persons including Reverend Ibrahim Koroma, DR. Serry Idriss Kamara and Mohamed Kamara, who have refused to make themselves available to the commission after several requests.
Earlier, the Sole Commissioner had summoned five persons to appear before the commission and explained what they know about the Youth Project, but only two of them showed up.
Justice Biobele however ordered that pursuant to the provisions of Rule 6(1) of the High Court Rule of 2007, and by paragraph one of the Practice Direction of the Commission of Inquiry 2019, a warrant of arrest should be issued by the Inspector General of Police to those individuals that have refused honouring the call of the commission.
“To this end, the IG may liaise with other relevant bodies locally and internationally to effect the immediate arrest of the named persons and to produce them before the Commission of Inquiry for them to give evidence of their role played in the Youth Project of the Ministry of Youth Affairs between 2007 and 2018,” he ordered.
The judge noted that the warrant of arrest shall be dully served by the IG at the Sierra Leone Police Headquarters, as well as AIG Bangura, who is in charge of the Intelligence Unit of the Commission of Inquiry and it shall be dully published by the Secretariat of the Commission
“That’s what will happen because we gave them time to come and they have refused to come, so the police will arrest them so that they can produce the necessary evidence,” he added.
He thanked those that have honored the request of the tribunal and later released them temporally until further notice.
“There is nothing against you. It is only for you to come and explain the role you played during the stated period. What you did during the time of the project and that’s all,” he admonished.
Meanwhile, the State Counsel, K. Z Bangura, also cross examined the Director of Finance and Administration at the National Minerals Agency (NMA), Mohamed Kakay.
Kakay said the Agency is responsible for the efficient management of the resources of NMA and ensuring full compliance with the policies and procedures as ascribed in the financial manual of the agency, adding that they retain 0.75% of the 3% export value of precious mineral (ie gold and mineral).
Kakay further stated that with the authority bestowed on them by the Finance Act of 2017, they used the said percentage to run the administrative aspect of the agency.
When asked to tell the Commission, prior to 2017 what has been the arrangement in the management of finances, the witness declined knowledge, but told the commission that the Director General should be in the best position to answer to the said question.