The President of the ECOWAS Commission, H. E. Marcel de Souza has appointed Mr. Stephen Nartey, Commissioner General Administration and Conferences to oversee the Department of Finance in an Acting capacity with effect from May 9th, 2017, a release from the Commission states.
The ECOWAS boss has also appointed Mr. N’Guessan AKE PrierreDiamidia, Acting Financial Controller ECOWAS Commission.
The appointment of Commissioner Nartey and Mr. Diamidia comes in the wake of the indefinite suspension of the Sierra Leonean born ECOWAS Commissioner of Finance, Allieu Sesay and the Nigerian Financial Controller, Dr. Mohammad Bello.
Although the ECOWAS Commission has maintained tight lips on the reason for their indefinite suspension and subsequent replacement, Global Times can authoritatively report that both men have been placed under formal investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria.
The two alongside two other Sierra Leoneans including Mr. Sesay’s Executive Assistant, Isha Kamara and Gibril Kamara are being investigated for financial impropriety at the Commission ranging from outright embezzlement of community fund, money laundering and FOREX syndicate.
Mr. Sesay was interrogated in Abuja by the EFCC in April shortly before he and the ECOWAS President, Marcel de Souza travelled to Sierra Leone for a meeting with President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House.