Panic Grips Rokel Commercial Bank

Panic Grips Rokel Commercial Bank

Workers of Rokel Commercial Bank (RCB) were left dumfounded and flabbergasted prior to the verdict given to one of their colleagues in a grand corruption matter involving workers of the Electricity Distribution Services Authority (EDSA).

Several workers who spoke to Guardian Post says the verdicts by the learned Judge should send a clear message to some of their colleagues that they should focus on their work and not be betrayed by material things which will negatively affects them throughout their sojourned in life.

“We are urging colleagues to work in line with their job description, we should not be collaborators, but as professional bankers working for the general public at home and abroad” they reiterate.

“Don’t get distracted by material things which have the propensity to stain the image of your character including that of your family and generation yet unborn.

“Today is Mohamed Sheku Turay, let maintained the values and dignity of Rokel Commercial Bank and not try to ridiculed the bank to our shareholders, customers and the public.” They warned.

The anonymous voices called on management of the bank to be steadfast, unwavering, unmoved and be focus on the bigger picture and not allowed public scrutiny to deter the pace at which the bank is competing with other commercial banks in the country.

Reliable information from management of the bank explain to Guardian Post that immediately after the press release from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) the Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank summoned an urgent meeting which he reiterates and warned management and staff that the bank will not encouraged or babysit anyone caught in corrupt or dishonest act whiles doing his/her professional work.

“I want to make it abundantly clear that Rokel Commercial Bank will fully cooperate with the ACC or the Sierra Leone Police whenever the needs arise to make the bank corrupt free,” Gilpin was quoted as saying.

“If your intention or purpose is to demean the image of the bank by engaging in unethical or fraudulent motive we will surely remove you because you’ve no business here.”

The source further explains that the bank account of Mohamed Sheku Turay was under red alert throughout his investigation at the ACC as management of the bank cooperates fully with the law enforcement agencies.

In-depth investigation also revealed that Mohamed Sheku Turay is not alone in this criminal cartel but allegedly feared to measure names of some of his partners in crime. The Guardian Post in subsequent editions will come up with names that are connected with Mohamed Sheku Turay. Below is the Press Release by the ACC:

ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION

CATHEDRAL HOUSE

3 GLOUCESTER STREET

FREETOWN

SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA

Ref: ACC/PR/21/024

23rd July, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

ACC SECURES CONVICTION AGAINST MOHAMED SHEKU TURAY, FORMER BANKER AT THE ROKEL COMMERCIAL BANK

The High Court of Sierra Leone Holden at Freetown, presided over by the HONOURABLE JUSTICE SIMEON ALLIEU, has on Thursday 22nd July, 2021, sentenced MOHAMED SHEKU TURAY, a former Banker at the Rokel Commercial Bank, and of No. 2 Alcock Street, Off Macauley Street, Freetown, to pay a fine of ONE HUNDRED MILLION LEONES (Le 100,000,000.00) immediately or SERVE TEN (10) YEARS IMPRISONMENT, after his conviction on TWO (2) counts of corruption offences. The Honorable Judge also ordered MOHAMED SHEKU TURAY to pay a restitution of THREE BILLION, NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-TWO LEONES (LE 3,920,145,262.00) on or before the 30th September, 2021, being funds he misappropriated from the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) .

The HON. JUSTICE SIMEON ALLIEU convicted MOHAMED SHEKU TURAY after he pleaded guilty to Count 1 and Count 3 of the charges; Misappropriation of Public Revenue, contrary to Section 36(1) and Conspiracy to Commit a Corruption Offence, contrary to Section 128(1)(a), of the Anti-Corruption Act  No. 12, of 2008 as amended in 2019 respectively.

It could be recalled that, MOHAMED SHEKU TURAY and Seven Others, ALIMAMY SESAY, NOAH WINNEBAH, ABIOSEH OLA BARNES, MUSA MOMOH LAHAI, HAWA Y. KAMARA, MARY BANGURA (MRS NGEGBAI) AND RUGIATU KALOKOH were on 16th July, 2021 indicted by the ACC for misappropriating the sum of THREE BILLION, NINE HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-FIVE THOUSAND, TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-TWO LEONES (LE 3,920,145,262.00) being Electricity Bill paid to EDSA for the supply of electricity. The convict is the principal accused person in the indictment.

Meanwhile, the matter against ALIMAMY SESAY, NOAH WINNEBAH, ABIOSEH OLA BARNES, MUSA MOMOH LAHAI, HAWA Y. KAMARA, MARY BANGURA (MRS NGEGBAI) AND RUGIATU KALOKOH, continues at the High Court of Sierra Leone Holden at Freetown.

In this regard, the Commission wishes to reassure the general public of its relentless commitment to protecting public funds and resources at all times.

For further enquiries on this and other ACC matters, please contact MARGARET MURRAY, the Public Relations Officer on +23278832131 or via email info@anticorruption.gov.sl.

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PATRICK SANDI

DIRECTOR, PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

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