A Police spokesman confirmed last night that, CID (Criminal Investigation Department) personnel are investigating the actual ownership of the 709.48 carats of uncut gem diamond found in Kono district some two weeks ago.
According to Police sources, several people have emerged to lay claim to the ownership of the diamond.
Police say that, they have already interviewed Pastor Emmanuel Momoh, Chief Paul Saquee V and Jihad Basma.
Mr. Basma reportedly told the Police that the diamond was handed over to him for safe keeping by Pastor Emmanuel Momoh in Koidu City.
CID personnel have already arrived in Kono district in furtherance of their investigations.
Meanwhile, the government has put the uncut gem diamond on sale by public tender. Interested buyers are expected to start viewing the diamond tomorrow at the Bank of Sierra Leone complex until 5th April, 2017.
Bidding documents are being sold for US$ 5,000 and a bid security of US$50,000 is required from potential buyers.
The bid documents are expected to be opened on 6th April, 2017 pending the conclusion of Police investigations, according to a senior Mines Ministry official.