The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) last Friday arrested and charged to court the Bursar of the Islamic Secondary School in the Kenema district Madam Millicent Blango and Samuel K. Ngbegba assistant accountant of the Kenema government sub-treasury for allegedly misappropriating the sum of one hundred and forty two million one hundred and ten thousands seven hundred and twenty nine Leones (Le142,110,729) confirmed to be monies for unclaimed salaries of teachers of the aforesaid School.
The bursar is indicted on nineteen (19) counts of misappropriation of Public funds contrary to the ACC acts of 2008 and the accountant Samuel Ngbegba is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit a corruption offence.
The ACC Prosecution led by Lawyer Nigel Brian Eugene Davies Esq. and Emmanuel Amara Esq. alleged that the bursar Millicent Blango criminally connived with Samuel K. Ngbegba between 2012 to 2014 during which she willfully misappropriated huge sum of public funds amounting to a total sum of Le142,110,729 being unclaimed salaries of Teachers’ in Islamic Secondary School.
Both accused persons were arraigned in the High Court of Kenema eastern Sierra Leone before Justice Ernest Gooding.
When the charges were read out to them in court, both deny the allegations by pleading “Not Guilty” to all counts.
After their Solicitors pleaded with the court for their clients to be released on bail and owing to the objection made by the ACC prosecutors, Hon. Justice Ernest Gooding in his ruling granted bail to each accused persons in the sum of one billion Leones with two sureties each in like sum.
Meanwhile, its unclear whether they were able to fulfill their bail conditions as of press time. Their matter was however adjourned to the 26th November 2015.