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ACC senior investigator testifies in Anglican diocese matter


Fifth prosecution witness in the matter between the State Vs. Prince Emmanuel Nallo and four others, has testified before Justice Kekura Bangura of the High Court in Bo.

Musa Jawara, Senior Investigations Officer ACC, told the court he knew the five accused persons on trial. He said he came to know them when Bishop Emmanuel J.S. Tucker, Head of Administration of the Anglican Diocese in Bo, reported to the Commission that a certain Prince Nallo presented himself to him and collected Seventy-Four Million Leones (Le 74,000,000) for the purpose of ‘killing’ an on-going investigations against him (Bishop) and other Diocesan staff.

Mr. Jawara said, the Commission initiated Nallo’s arrest and went in search of him and the other accused persons. They were eventually arrested.

Asked what happened next, Musa Jawara told the court that in the process of the investigations, first accused person (Prince Emmanuel Nallo) admitted he received the said 74,000,000 Leones and that he had Five Hundred Thousand Leones (Le 500,000) in his pocket and Four Million Leones (Le 4,000,000) at his residence, which he would want to handover to the Commission.

 “He produced and handed over the monies to the Commission which were sealed in two separate envelopes upon which both the accused person and the investigator signed,” Jawara said.

During cross-examination, Mr. Jawara reiterated to the court that, Bishop had reported the matter to the Commission. Asked whether Bishop was investigated by the Commission for misappropriation of donor funds, he said, yes.

He further said, offices of the Bishop and other Diocesan staff were searched and documents seized.

Prince Emmanuel Nallo, social worker at Defence for Children International; Bockarie Mattia, teacher at Kakua Government Junior Secondary School; Nyakeh Tommy Ndimawa, student at Njala University; Amos Gbonda, Finance Officer at the Anglican Diocese; and Prince Kallon, an activist at Human Rights Youth Coalition were charged with Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence. They conspired to solicit monies from Bishop Emmanuel J.S Tucker of the Anglican Diocese of Bo.

Prince Emmanuel Nallo was also charged with Peddling Influence where he solicited the sum of Seventy-Four Million Leones (74,000,000) from the said Bishop to influence ACC investigations.

The prosecution represented by Calvin Mantsebo Esq. closed his case. The defence counsel T.P.M. Sowa Esq. asked for a reasonable time to open his defence. All accused persons were denied bail, and the matter was adjourned to 8th June 2017.

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