President Ernest Bai Koroma Approved $550,000 For His Secretary…  Involved In Abuse Of Office

proceedings at the Commission of Inquiry

Commission 64 witness Mr. Emmanuel B. Osho Coker has dilated on how his former boss, the former president of the country Ernest Bai Koroma approved a total of $550,000 for his property to be rented by the Petroleum Directorate in 2014.
Led in evidence by state counsel Mrs. Khadija Zainab Bangura, the former secretary to the president said he was reluctant initially to rent his property to any government entity, but that the former president Ernest Bai Koroma convinced him to relax his position. Mr. Emmanuel B. Osho Coker said immediately after his meeting with former president Ernest Bai Koroma, he made a public disclosure of his 50% interest in the property as per the ACC act of 2008.
By the time he knew it, all documents in respect of the tenancy agreement had been produced including an approval from President Ernest Bai Koroma signed and stamped instructing payment to him upfront.
It is now clear that the former president Ernest Bai Koroma was involved in abuse of office and conflict of interest. Mr. Osho Coker had earlier disclosed that the Petroleum Directorate was superintended by the president serving as de facto petroleum minister.
The former president is represented by the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mr. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara. The probe is still on.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.


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