Following expiration of the 90 days grace period, the Attorney General’s Office has said government will soon commence seizure of assets and freezing of bank accounts of past officials of the former President Ernest Bai Koroma led APC government named in the government White Paper that do not comply with its recommendations.
This was disclosed by the Principal Legal Consultant of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Lahai Farmah at the Ministry of Information and Communication’s press briefing summoned yesterday at the MIC’s Conference room at Youyi Building Office to update the media on the implementation of White Paper recommendations.
Farmah said there are three main stages in the implementation process. The first, he said, is to confiscate or revoke real assets of persons named in the White Paper which stemmed from the investigations and recommendations of the three Commission of Inquiry led by a Nigeria judge, Justice Biobele Georgewill. The Principal and Legal Consultant said they have exhausted 20 of those orders which were taken to court by way of summonses, and 15 rulings have been delivered and that those rulings will also be put into orders.
The second stage, he said, is how torecover money (s) misappropriated by 136 past government officials who served in ex-president Koroma government through the Financial Intelligent Unit (FIU) and theAccountant General by freezing their bank accounts “The money will be collected in a democratic and spiritual manner. What is needed is the money and not them. However, they will enjoy freedoms as previously stated by the President,” Farmah guaranteed.
Thirdly, that all those recommendations on the White Paper be complied with to the fullest. Hence encouraged all those officials to pay and comply.
The Ministerof Information and Communication, Mohamed Rahman Swaray reiterated Farmah’s statements, assuring that as soon as his ministry receives a comprehensive report on the implementation, it will be published since it is of public interest.