former deputy ambassador to the UN and until a few months ago head of the Independent Media Commission, has been taken into custody on allegations of corruption.
Ambassador Allieu Kanu was among nine people arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at the US embassy in a joint operation investigating what is alleged to be a racketeering ring in the sale of service passports to people not in government service and sending them abroad often as phony members of government delegations.
A source at the ACC alleges that he was receiving thousands of dollars to facilitate the issuance of visas to people travelling to the US using the illegally-acquired passports and under the pretext of working for his Institute for International Law. He cannot be reached for his reaction to the allegations because he is under arrest.
In another development, the ACC has instructed that the President & the Secretary General of the Football Association temporarily vacate their offices within a week from today. Isha Johansen and Chris Kamara are standing trial on corruption allegations and the laws provide that anyone indicted for graft automatically stands suspended from office for the duration of the case.
A senior source at the ACC told Sierraleonenews.com that they would order their arrest and charge them for another offense if they flout the order. The FA has been bogged down by controversy after controversy since Isha’s election five years ago, negatively impacting the beautiful game in the country.