ACC dragnet swoops on Immigration, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Drivers Union officials

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August 27, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Two officials each from the Immigration Department and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, as well as the President, Secretary-General and Treasurer of the Sierra Leone Motor Drivers Union were over the weekend arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission for corruption-related offences.

According to a release from the ACC, officials from the Immigration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Administrator and Registrar-General and Ishmarie Enterprises were arrested in relation to the alleged issuance of service passports to individuals who were neither civil nor public servants.

The commission alleges that those individuals paid one thousand united States dollars each to acquire the passport.

Also, President of the Drivers’ Union, Alpha Amadu Bah, together with his scribe and treasurer were arrested by the ACC in relation to ongoing investigation on alleged misappropriation of public funds amounting to Le32 billion Leones collected for and on behalf of the union.

The release though failed to disclose the names of the officials in the custody of the country’s anti-graft agency.

Head of outreach unit of the ACC, Abubakarr Turay said: “We cannot reveal their names as of now. All I can say is they are currently under our custody.”

However, a leaked Police memo issued on Friday night and seen by this press declares former head of immigration Alpha Kholifa Koroma ‘wanted by the ACC for issuing service and diplomatic passports to people that are not entitled.’