A former Sierra Leone defence minister and his deputy have been arrested as a part of a crackdown by President Julius Maada Bio’s administration on alleged graft by its predecessor, the nation’s anti-corruption commissioner stated.
Alfred Paolo Conteh, the protection minister underneath ex-President Ernest Koroma, and Sannah Marrah, his deputy on the ministry, had been arrested on Friday in reference to a number of alleged navy procurement irregularities, stated Anti-Corruption Fee (ACC) head Francis Kaifala.
“After the discussions, we determined to detain them each,” Kaifala informed Reuters. “We’re increase our case now and must cost them inside 10 days with a purpose to maintain them in custody.”
Conteh’s lawyer didn’t reply to requests for remark, and Reuters was unable to contact a lawyer for Marrah.
Sierra Leone authorities additionally arrested Victor Foh, the vp underneath Koroma, whom Bio succeeded in April, and Mansaray Minkailu, Koroma’s mines minister, in July on graft expenses. The 2 are at the moment standing trial.
They each deny the costs, and their supporters say the accusations are a politically-motivated witch hunt by Bio.
Bio campaigned on guarantees to sort out graft and revive an financial system devastated by a droop in commodity costs and the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The ACC says it has recovered about $1 million in misappropriated public funds within the final six months.