November 29, 2016 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday charged to court John Amara, Ibrahim Bah, and Francis Lahai on allegations of various corruption offences, contrary to the ACC Act of 2008.
Amara, store keeper of the Electricity Generation and Transmission Company, (EGTC) in Makeni and Bah, a fuel dealer at the NP filling station along Kabala Road in the same town, were charged to court on a count’s charge of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of ACC Act of 2008.
The anti-graft body alleges in a press release issued yesterday that on November 5 this year, 10,510 litres out of 40,000 litres belonging to and meant for the operation of EGTC power house in Makeni, was diverted and sold to Bah at Le2, 500 per litre.
The release said they secured the arrest of both men, whilst they were offloading the diesel fuel from tankers with registration numbers ALC 602 and ALC 581 at the front of the NP Station, Kabala Road, Makeni.
Both accused would face the High Court in Makeni.
ACC has also charged Francis Lahai, Chief Executive Officer of a purported charity organization, Variety Children and Family Services, on one count of fraudulent conversion and failure to make payment of Customs Levy, contrary to Section 48(1) (d) of the ACC Act 2008.
The Commission alleges that between March and June, 2016, Lahai had used his charity organization to fraudulently secure a duty waiver for a privately owned vehicle thereby depriving the state of much needed revenue.
The matter will be tried at the High Court in Freetown.