In their continued efforts towards combating corruption and recovering stolen assets, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) today presented a cheque of ten Billion (Old) Leones and the 2022 Annual Report to His Excellency, President Brigadier (Rtd.) Dr. Julius Maada Bio. The handing over ceremony took place at State House in Freetown.
The cheque, which is part of the ACC's non-conviction based asset recovery approach, totals retrieved assets linked to corruption and financial crimes, regardless of whether a conviction was obtained.
ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., emphasized on the importance of targeting assets alongside prosecution, prevention, and public education in the fight against corruption. He stated that Sierra Leone is a leading example in combating corruption in Africa given the implementation of their successful strategies. He continued that the presentation of the cheque communicates a powerful message that ill-gotten gains will not go unpunished, especially with government's determination to hold corrupt individuals accountable.
In addition to the cheque, the ACC presented the 2022 Annual Report, providing an in-depth overview of the Commission's activities, achievements, and challenges throughout the year. The report highlights successful prosecutions, recovery of stolen assets, and the implementation of preventive measures to promote ethical conduct in both the public and private sectors.
President Bio expressed his gratitude to the ACC for their relentless efforts towards eradicating corruption in Sierra Leone. He emphasized that transparency, accountability, and good governance are crucial for sustainable development and attracting investment to the country.
He commended the ACC for its exceptional work and encouraged them to continue their fight against corruption at all levels of society. He reiterated his government's commitment to creating a corrupt-free Sierra Leone, where the rule of law prevails and public resources are utilized for the nation's progress and the welfare of its citizens.