Abuse of office


Shears-Moses convicted and fined Le60 million

February 28, 2019

By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

How has the mighty fallen, Shears-Moses found guilty of corruption

The High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by Justice Miatta Samba yesterday (Wednesday 27, 2019) convicted and sentenced the former Acting Head of the Law Department, Fourah Bay College, Emmanuel Ekundayo Constant Shears-Moses Esq, on two counts of abuse of office contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)  Act of 2008 and fined Le30 million on each count.

A press statement from the ACC noted that the court ordered him to pay the fine or serve three months jail term.

According to the release, the judge also ordered the convict to pay the fine at a date no later than 13 March 2019 or face imprisonment.

The ACC alleged that between 1st July 2015 and 31st January 2016, Shears Moses abused his office as Acting Head of the Law Department and improperly conferred an advantage on a female student of the department, by improperly awarding her passing examination grades for the dissertation module, when, in fact, the said student had not submitted any dissertation for grading.

Similarly, the convict conferred an advantage to another female student of the same department by improperly inflating her examination grade for the Jurisprudence and Legal Theory module.

Meanwhile, the ACC was represented by Muctarr Sow Esq, while the convict was represented by Charles Francis Margai and Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai.