Global Times can authoritatively report that the Commissioner of Finance at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Abuja, Alieu Sesay has agreed to refund a whopping Three Hundred Million Naira or over Eight Million United States dollars to the Commission, being money he allegedly fraudulently converted to his own use while managing the Commission’s finances in Abuja, Nigeria.
Alieu Sesay was interrogated by officials of the Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja last week and promised to refund the stolen money.
The EFCC, according to reports has been following the financial transaction of the Sierra Leonean-born ECOWAS Commissioner who at some point appears to be engaged in an act of money laundering.
He was let off the hook because of his diplomatic status. Money laundering is a crime in Nigeria and abhorred by ECOWAS.
Alieu Sesay was accompanied to Freetown last Saturday by the ECOWAS President, Marcel De Zouza. The sub regional boss afterwards briefed President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on the conduct of the ECOWAS Commissioner at State House on Monday.
Global Times understands that after Monday’s discussion with the ECOWAS boss, President Koroma was left visibly embarrassed. He afterwards ordered the Foreign Minister, Dr. Samura Kamara to take necessary steps against the ECOWAS Commissioner. There are plans to have him officially withdrawn immediately, Global Times understands.
The former NRA boss was convicted by a Freetown High Court for corruption but exonerated by an Appeals Court in 2011.
He was appointed by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as Commissioner of Finance at the ECOWAS Commission in March 2016 replacing Haja Kadie Saccoh whose four year term had ended.
Alieu Sesay could not be reached for comment as at press time last night.