On the basis that no one is above of the law, the Anti-Corruption Commission has disclosed that going to Makeni to interrogate former president Koroma on allegations of involvement in grand corruption during his ten years tenure as head of state is no longer an option.
This latest anti-graft’s decision comes in wake of the ugly episode that occurred in Makeni, the former president’s hometown, where he resides, when a team of ACC investigators from Freetown arrived there to interview him on corruption allegations that was slated for October 8 this year.
Unfortunately, ACC was unable to conduct the much anticipated interview because a crowd of pro-Ernest youths blocked the road leading to his residence, while others masqueraded secret societies in the city, amidst ban.
This caused the ACC to declare that because they wanted to deescalate what was clearly a potentially explosive situation to call off the engagement.
ACC sources have intimated The Satellite that, this time round, the Commission’s invitation that would be sent to the former president and his lawyer will require him to make himself available at the Commission’s headquarters in Freetown.
Though there is uncertainty by the ACC as to when the interview with the former president will take place, our sources revealed that the Commission has resolved that interrogating the former president at his residence in Makeni is no longer an option.
“There is no law that requires the Commission to meet with anyone outside the Commission’s premises it wants to interview. It was only done out of respect for the former president being an elder statesman,” our source hinted ACC officials affirmed.
However, the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala, has said the invitation to ex-president Koroma is not really predicated upon the conclusion of Commissions of Inquiry (COI) although there are issues of the COI.
“There are investigations which we have started long ago that has touched on former President Koroma which the Commission wants clarification from him” Kaifala confirmed.
The first invitation sent to him required him to make himself available to the ACC in Freetown, but with the security sector raising concern about public safety, ACC decided to shift the venue to Makeni.
In relation to the Makeni dreadful incident, several people including chiefs have been arrested. Meanwhile, police have vowed to rebuke anyone who attempts this time round toimpede the Commission’s interrogation of the former president.