By Jane B. Mansaray……………………………
Appeals Court Judge, Justice John Bosco Allieu yesterday granted one hundred and fifty Million Leones bail to the Executive Director of a Non Governmental Organisation “Needy Today” (TNT) based in Makeni City, Northern Province of Sierra Leone, Mr. Dauda Amid Koroma and two others.
The accused persons were on their seventh appearance in court granted bail after Defense Counsel, Lawyer C.F. Edwards applied for bail on behalf of the three accused persons.
Justice John Bosco Allieu considered the application and thereby granted bail in the sum of one hundred and fifty Million Leones each and two sureties each one to produce a title deed valued one hundred Million Leones.
The three accused persons include Dauda Amid Koroma Executive Director of “Needy Today”, Jessy Jim Brima Kpagoi Programme Manager and Alfred Mustapha Bangura Finance Officer of the above mentioned organization are standing trial at the High Court on Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) indictment of twenty four related charges ranging from misappropriation of donor funds contrary to Section 37 of sub section 1 of the ACC Act No.12 of 2008 to giving advantage to a public officer contrary to Section 28 sub-section (1) (a) of 2008.
The particulars of indictment state that the accused persons on diverse dates in 2015 and 2016 in Makeni, Northern Province of Sierra Leone being Executive Director of the “Needy Today “(TNT) dishonestly misappropriated funds close to one Billion Leones meant for the protection of vulnerable groups during the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak response project and also given advantage of three Million Leones to one Sulaiman Bah (Internal Auditor of Goal Sierra Leone) as an inducement to discontinue audit of funds at the above mentioned office in Makeni.
Various sums with different cheque numbers were withdrawn from a current account number 0212550242101 from the Rokel Commercial Bank.
The accused persons were since their trial refused bail and remanded at the Male Correctional Centre attending trial.
Based on the huge public cry of transparency and accountability of Ebola Funds, Justice Allieu refused all accused persons bail pursuant to 79 of the Criminal Producedure Act No.32 of 1916.
The first prosecution witness, Mr. Umaru Sesay auditor at the ACC in Freetown has testified in the matter.
Various Bank payment request forms in the names of Magbenteh community hospital, sympathies Enterprise and General Merchandise and Kaskim M. Amara with different dates attachments allegedly signed by the accused persons were produced and tendered in Court as exhibits.
The matter was adjourned to the 26th April 2017 for further hearing.