September 9, 2016 By Alusine Sesay
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has indicted two journalists -Samuel Lahai and Julian Carey – in Boalongside four others for various corruption offences pursuant to the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.
The two journalistswere each charged with conspiracy to commit a corruption offence, with the anti-graft body alleging that they conspired to impersonate an ACC officer by holding out to staff of the Bo District Education Committee Primary School.
Samuel Lahai was also indicted on one count of impersonating an ACC Officer, contrary to section 76 of the same Act.
Also included in the ACC indictment are Mark Ivan Babatunde Dixon and Mohamed Alimamy Mansaray -employees of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) – Kelfala Mansaray, a commercial motor driver, and John Nabie,Town Chief of Bumpe Town in the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom, Bo District.
According to a release from the commission, Mark Ivan Babatunde Dixon andMohamed Alimamy Mansaray were each indicted on one count of misappropriation of public property, contrary to section 36 (1) of the AC Act 2008.
The release stated that Dixon misappropriated 980 bags of Urea fertiliser and 17 bags of NPK 15-15-15 fertiliser (50kg), while Mansaray misappropriated 804 bags of Urea fertiliser procured by MAFFS for distribution to local farmers.
Dixon was also indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence contrary to section 128 (1) of the same Act.
Kelfala Mansaray, a commercial motor driver, was indicted on one count of offering an advantage to a police officer attached to the Ross Road Police Station as an inducement to abstain from placing him in custody, contrary to section 28(1) of the AC Act 2008.
The commission further indicted John Nabie,Town Chief of Bumpe Town in the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom, Bo District, on two counts of soliciting an advantage and two counts of accepting an advantage, contrary to section 35 (1) of the Act.
Nabie is alleged to have demanded and collected monies meant for beneficiaries of the Social Safety Net (SSN) programme.