Former Judiciary Acting Principal Accountant Indicted

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), has filed an indictment against SalihuShekuNyallay, former Acting Principal Accountant of the Judiciary of Sierra Leone and of No. 52 Upper Tengbeh Town, on a total of three (3) counts of corruption offences; two (2) bordering on Misappropriation of Public Funds contrary to Section 36(1), and one (1) on Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act, No. 12 of 2008, as amended by the Anti-Corruption Act No. 9 of 2019.

According to the particulars of offence, on 14th March 2019, at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone, SalihuShekuNyallay misappropriated public funds in the sum of Twenty-Four Million Leones (Le24,000,000) and Thirty-Five Million Leones (Le35,000,000) by signing cheques numbered 00082306 and 00082305 respectively, thereby facilitating the encashment of the said cheques which were encashed on 15th March, 2019, from the Master and Registrar High Court Account numbered 012003586 domiciled at the Bank of Sierra Leone, thereby causing the Judiciary of Sierra Leone to be deprived of the said funds.

In a similar vein, SalihuShekuNyallay on a date unknown, between 13th March and 15th March 2019, at Freetown in the Western Area of the Republic of Sierra Leone conspired with other persons unknown to misappropriate public funds in the sum of Fifty-Nine Million Leones (Le59,000,000) from the Master and Registrar High Court Account numbered 012003586 domiciled at the Bank of Sierra Leone.

The indictee is expected to appear in the High Court of Sierra Leone Holden at Freetown on Friday 7th May, 2021.

The Commission has reassured the general public of its continued resolve to address public sector corruption and all other levels of corruption in Sierra Leone.