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ACC hunts Le365m Ebola funds

July 13, 2017 By Memunatu Bangura

Senior Investigative Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission, Umaru Sesay has yesterday testified before Justice Alieu John Bosco in an ongoing alleged misappropriation of three hundred and fifty million Leones (Le365m) Ebola funds by top officials of ‘The Needy Today’ organization.

Umaru Sesay said he was assigned to investigate the organization after an audit was conducted by Sulaiman Bah, an internal auditor of GOAL Sierra Leone, who informed him about the anomalies.

Sesay told the court that after the audit, Bah informed him that the first accused (Dauda Amid Koroma) had bribed him with the sum of three million Leones to conceal the findings of the audit report.

He said he requested bank statements and other relevant document from the auditor and also contacted persons of interest and institutions like Rokel Commercial Bank-Makeni Branch, and The Needy Today who submitted an interim financial report to GOAL-Sierra Leone that revealed how the money was spent.

He said the ACC sent notice of their findings to Rokel Commercial Bank dated 22nd January, 2016 and the Branch Manager, Emmanuel Borbor, who made statement and presented copies of wasted cheques attached by the names of the three accused persons and one Unisa Kamara.

The Executive Director, Dauda Amid Koroma; Programs Manager, Jesse Jimmy; Finance Manager, Brima Kapoi of The Needy Today were charged on twenty-three counts of misappropriation of public donor funds and one count of giving advantage.

The ACC prosecutor, Sariffon Harleston, alleges that the money was meant for the protection of vulnerable groups during the Ebola outbreak and was mismanaged by some members of the organization,

The Needy Today was supposed to implement the project that was funded by GOAL.

The matter was adjourned to July, 26th for further hearing.

 

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