Army Commander arraigned for corruption


August 23, 2018

By Yusufu S. Bangura

Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Michael Jenkins of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), officer in charge of the forward operation base at Bailor, was yesterday, 22nd August, arraigned in court for abuse of office.

The accused was charged with two counts of soliciting advantage and abuse of office, contrary to section 42(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008.

The ACC alleges that the military commander on Thursday, 27th October 2016, at Kortimow Wharf in Port-Loko district, solicited the sum of Le1 million from one Sheku Kamara.

Count two states that on dates unknown between 27th October and 31st December 2016 at the same place, he abused his office as officer-in-charge by improperly conferring advantage on himself by way of retaining proceeds from the sale of petrol and diesel seized at Kortimow Wharf.

However, the accused person pleaded not guilty on both counts.

Defense counsel A.V. Lansana Esq. made an application for bail on behalf of the accused person, which was granted by Justice Reginald Fynn in the sum of Le2 million and one surety.

The matter is being prosecuted by Emmanuel K. Amara Esq.

The matter was adjourned to 20th September for the first prosecution witness to testify.