By Hassan G. Koroma
Samuel Abass Jah, a police officer attached to the Traffic Warden Department, was yesterday found guilty on three counts of corruption, and fined the sum of Le90m (ninety million leones) or serve nine years in jail.
The accused was docked on three-count charges including soliciting advantage contrary to section 28(2a) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.12 of 2008, accepting advantage contrary to section 28(2a), and abusing of position contrary section 43 of the same Act.
In his final judgment, Nigerian-born judge, Justice M.A. Paul of the Freetown High Court No. 2, said the accused was a police officer, which makes him a public worker, and that he should not have used his office to obtain money from people but to do the job for which he was being paid to do as traffic officer.
He said the accused person was brought to court by the Anti-Corruption Commission on three counts, and that he was found guilty on all counts, noting: “Each count goes for Le30 million.”