The Deputy Director of Public Education and Outreach Unit at the Anti-Corruption Commission, Patrick Sandy has told said that the commission succeeded in raiding the Immigration Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Administrator General’s office and Ashmar Enterprises of 7 Walpole Street Freetown.
The raid was to secure materials of evidential value. He said the operation was to foil a syndicate wherein some officials of the immigration departments issue service passport to individuals who are not public or civil servants.
On that note, Mr. Sandi said the exclusive authority for the issuance of service passport lies with the immigration department, adding that investigations are underway to get the authorities involved to account for the anomaly as the breach of procedure goes a long way to undermine state security.
The fight against corruption, Mr. Sandy said has shifted to top gear with the launch of what he referred to as “Operation Eagle’s Claws.”
The Eagle’s Claws, he maintains, aim at rooting out corrupt officials in various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). With the Eagle’s Claws, he said, ACC is more determined to curb corruption than ever.
Meanwhile, nine persons are said to have been arrested by the ACC and are currently helping the Commission with its ongoing investigations.