From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Afsatu Kabba
Afsatu Kabba Trial Reveals how Peep Newspaper Editor collected Cash from Embezzled Account in Sierra Leone
By Our Correspondents
May 26, 2010, 17:20

The Editor of Sierra Leone's Peep Newspaper who deputises Olu Gordon when Gordon travels has been named in documents tendered to the Law Court trial presided over by Hon. Justice Ademusu as having collected monies from the Ministry of Fisheries Special Monitoring, Control & Surveillance Account operated at the Bank of Sierra Leone and which Account is now the subject of a corruption case alleging that monies were embezzled from that account.

The Special bank Account was set up pursuant to Section 61(5) of the Fisheries (Management and Development) Act of 1994 which called for a Special Account to be opened into which all fines and penalties imposed shall be paid into and for which, disbursement from it will be under the complete control of the Director of Fisheries subject to standard auditing procedures.

During Cross-examination of the First Prosecution Witness in the ongoing matter of the State versus Haja Afsatu Kabba, the Bank Statement for this account was tendered and is now part of the unprotected evidence in front of the Court which is freely searchable to members of the Public.

During a recent search of that Courtís Case File by Awareness Times, we discovered the name of MR. CHRISTOPHER KOKER was paid the grand sum of Le4,290,000.00 (Four Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Thousand Leones) from that Special Bank Account on November 21st 2007 shortly after the ruling APC Government took office. The reason for the disbursal is not stated on the Bank Statement.

Mr. Christopher Koker of Peep Magazine: initially he denied then later he recalled and confessed he collected money from the Ministryís Special MCS Account..

In a telephone chat with this newspaper yesterday evening, Mr. Christopher Koker of Peep Magazine had initially strongly denied having any links with the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources. He even proffered that his own surname was spelt with a ĎKí and not with a ĎCí like other Cokers. In response, we informed him that indeed the surname was spelt as Koker in our evidence.

Koker then insisted that it was all a hoax to defame him and Peep Magazine and warned Awareness Times not to fall for "such diabolical lies that I have ever collected a single penny from the Fisheries Ministry".

In a bid to further clarify the issue, last evening, our investigators drove to the Goderich residence of Mr. Christopher Koker where he was shown a photocopy of the Bank Statement with his name boldly and clearly printed in black and white as having physically signed and collected the sum of Le4,290,000.00 from the Bank of Sierra Leone on 21st November 2007. It was only then that Mr. Christopher Koker expressed remorse for his "forgetfulness" and confessed that he indeed collected such a sum of money from that Ministry of Fisheries Bank Account operated at the Bank of Sierra Leone.

Mr. Koker of Peep Magazine has promised to give a full length explanation to this newspaper about the issue of why he was paid out such a whopping sum of cash from the Fisheries Ministryís Mismanaged MCS Account by our next edition.

Meanwhile, allegations published in Peep Magazine that an un-named newspaper Publisher was being investigated for collecting monies from special Fisheries Account which allegations had clear innuendoes that it was this newspaperís dynamic Publisher, Dr. Sylvia Blyden who was being maligned, have now been debunked as totally untrue by sources from both the Ministry of Fisheries and the Anti Corruption Commission.

Whilst it is untrue that this newspaper's Publisher ever collected cash for public relations or any other activity from the Fisheries Ministry, what is now an indisputable fact is that this latest shocking development unfolding to this beautiful Nation indicates that the oft-acting Head of Peep Magazine Mr. Christopher Koker is now definitely known to be a recipient of funds from the Special Bank Account that is now swirling in the middle of embezzlement controversies.

Meanwhile, down below, we have reproduced¬†the debit and credit details of the MCS Accountís Bank Statement as tendered in Court¬†ranging from January 2007 until January 2010 this year. The details of the collection of millions of leones by the Peep Editor are very well listed as are other details which our readers might find to be of interest.

Date

Cheque No

Particulars

Debit

Credit

Balance

02/03/2007

 

CHQ DEP

  0.00

45,000.000.00

46,641,750.00

16/03/2007

 

CHQ DEP

0.00

27,000.000.00

73,641,750.00

18/10/2007

 

CHQ NO 001456 OF 11/10/2007 FOR $

7,500@LE 2,955.66

0.00

22,167,450.00

95,809,200.00

02/11/2007

BSL 466224

BSL L.IKHEOA INT AGENCY

11,250.000.00

                0.00

84,559,200.00

14/11/2007

BSL466225

BSL ANSU GARAGE (BANGURA)

6,975,000.00

                0.00

77,584,200.00

19/11/2007

BSL466226

BSL BISODU A COLE

3,770,000.00

                0.00

73,814,200.00

21/11/2007

BSL 466227

BSL CHRISTOPHER KOKER

4,290,000.00

                0.00

69,524,200.00

26/11/2007

BSL 466232

BSL ANSU BANGURA (ANSU GARAGE)

3,860,000.00

                0.00

65,664,200.00

26/11/2007

BSL 466229

BSL JONAPHA ENT

  4,000,000.00

                0.00

61,664,200.00

26/11/2007

BSL 466230

BSL PERM. SEC (J.B. BANGURA)

10,000,000.00

                0.00

51,664,200.00

27/11/2007

BSL 466231

BSL YONI COMM. ENT

  1,500,000.00

                 0.00

50,164,200.00

29/11/2007

BSL 466233

BSL ANSU GARAGE (BANGURA)

  1,800,000.00

                 0.00

48,364,200.00

30/11/2007

BSL 466234

BSL  SAFECON FILLING STATION PADEMBA ROAD

  2,900,000.00

                 0.00

45,464,200.00

03/12/2007

BSL 466236

BSL CASH

     400,000.00

                 0.00

45,064,200.00

05/12/2007

BSL 466235

BSL LION INVESTMENT HOLDINGS

     390,000.00

                 0.00

44,674,200.00

06/12/2007

BSL 466238

BSL ANSU GARAGE

3,000,000.00

                 0.00

41,674,200.00

07/12/2007

BSL 466239

BSL ANSU GARAGE (BANGURA)

2,435,000.00

                 0.00

39,239,200.00

11/12/2007

BSL 466240

BSL YONI COMM ENT

     65,000.00

                 0.00

39,174,200.00

13/12/2007

BSL 466237

BSL  PCS HOLDINGS SL LTD

5,361,000.00

                 0.00

33,813,200.00

17/12/2007

BSL 466242

BSL ANSU GARAGE (BANGURA)

2,656,000.00

                 0.00

31,157,200.00

18/12/2007

BSL 466242

BSL L.IKHEOA INT AGENCY 

1,375,000.00

                 0.00

29,782,200.00

02/01/2008

BSL 466243

BSL MR. SABILA BAH

3,655,000.00

                 0.00

26,127,200.00

04/01/2008

BSL 466244

BSL SABILA BAH-SABILA GARAGE

3,172,000.00

                 0.00

22,955,200.00

17/01/2008

BSL 466245

BSL JAWARD EL ZEIN & SONS

   300,000.00

                 0.00

22,655,200.00

04/02/2008

BSL 466248

BSL SATIBA ENTS

1,137,000.00

                 0.00

21,518,200.00

21/05/2008

 

RCB DRAFT NO 3148 DTD 16/05/08 FOR $10,000.00 @ 2,938.34

                0.00

29,383,400.00

50,901,600.00

16/06/2008

 

CHQ DEP BY ABDUL R SANSI

                0.00

58,757,000.00

109,658,600.00

23/06/2008

 

CASH DEPOSIT IFO MARINE FINES

                0.00

15,000,000.00

124,658,600.00

04/07/2008

BSL 4662500

BSL CASH

20,000,000.00

                 0.00

104,658,600.00

16/07/2008

BSL 466251

BSL KADIJA ENT BOUTIQUE

35,150,000.00

                 0.00

  69,508,600.00

22/07/2008

BSL 466252

BSL NATIONAL REVENUE AUTHORITY

  1,850,000.00

                 0.00

  67,658,600.00

28/07/2008

BSL 466254

BSL COMPONENT RESOURCES

15,200.000.00

                 0.00

  52,458,600.00

30/07/2008

BSL 466255

BSL COMMISSIONER NATIONAL REVENUE AUTHORITY

     800,000.00

                 0.00

  51,658,600.00

04/08/2008

BSL 406257

BSL HUSSEIN BASMA

11,875,000.00

                0.00

39,783,600.00

22/08/2008

BSL 466259

BSL CASH

22,000,000.00

                0.00

17,783,600.00

09/09/2008

BSL 466258

BSL NATIONAL REVENUE AUTHORITY

     625,000.00

                0.00

17,158,600.00

29/09/2008

BSL 466260

BSL CASH

  5,000,000.00

                0.00

12,158,600.00

10/10/2008

BSL 466261

BSL CASH

10,000,000.00

                0.00

  2,158,600.00

15/10/2008

BSL 466262

B SL CASH

  2,000,000.00

                0.00

103,150,167.00

05/11/2008

 

CHQ DEP

                0.00

106,822,512.00

106,981,112.00

12/01/2009

BSL 466265

BSL TRACTORS & EQUIPMENT SA LEONE LTD

3,830,945.00

                 0.00

103,150,167.00

18/03/2009

 

CASH DEP BY ABDULRAHMAN SANUSI

                0.00

25,000,000.00

128,150,167.00

18/03/2009

 

USD 30,000@ LE 3,070.13

                0.00

92,103,900.00

220,254,067.00

31/03/2009

BSL 466270

BSL DENALKAD SERVICES

28,500,000.00

                  0.00

191,754,067.00

31/03/2009

BSL 466272

BSL EDSON ENTERPRISE

33,250,000.00

                  0.00

158,504,067.00

31/03/2009

BSL 466274

BSL DENALKAD SERVICES

23,750,000.00

                  0.00

134,754,067.00

31/03/2009

BSL 466276

BSL CASH

35,000,000.00

                  0.00

  99,754,064.00

31/03/2009

BSL 466266

BSL CASH

30,000,000.00

                  0.00

  69,754,067.00

30/04/2009

BSL 466277

BSL

  5,000,000.00

                  0.00

  64,754,067.00

13/05/2009

BSL 466271

BSL INCOME TAX (NRA)

  1,500,000.00

                  0.00

  63,254,067.00

13/05/2009

BSL 466275

BSL NRA

  1,250,000.00

                  0.00

  62,004,067.00

11/06/2009

BSL 466273

BSL NRA

  1,750,000.00

                  0.00

  60,254,067.00

25/06/2009

BSL 466278

BSL CASH

  3,000,000.00

                  0.00

  57,254,067.00

12/08/2009

BSL 466279

BSL KADIJATU JALLOH

  1,384,202.00

                  0.00

  55,869,865.00

17/08/2009

 

US$ 20,000 @ LE 3,523.78

               0.00

70,475,600.00

126,345,465.00

18/08/2009

 

CHQ DEP

               0.00

  5,410,000.00

131,755,465.00

18/08/2009

 

DEP BY G.F. MISSAH IFO MIN OF FISHERIES AND MARINE RESOURCES

               0.00

  1,920,000.00

133,675,465.00

19/08/2009

 

CHQ DEP BY G.F. MISSAH

               0.00

67,000,000.00

200,675,465.00

19/08/2009

 

DEP BY G.F MISSAH IFO MIN OF FISHERIES & MARINE  RESOURCES

               0.00

  3,475,600.00

204,151,065.00

20/08/2009

BSL 466281

BSL N.P. COTTON TREE

30,000,000.00

                   0.00

174,151,065.00

20/08/2009

BSL 466282

BSL CASH

19,327,012.70

                   0.00

154,824,052.00

27/08/2009

 

CASH DEP BY G.F. MISSAH

              0.00

  12,008,000.00

166,832,052.30

27/08/2009

 

CHQ DEP

              0.00

107,343,000.00

274,175,052.30

27/08/2009

 

F/CH DEP- US$20,000.00@ LE 3517.35

              0.00

  70,347,000.00

344,522,052.30

07/09/2009

 

CASH DEP BY G.F MISSAH IFO MIN OF FISHERIES AND MARINE RESOURCES

              0.00

    4,592,000.00

349,114,052.30

06/10/2009

BSL 466283

CASH

  6,000,000.00

                    0.00

343,114,052.30

07/10/2009

BSL 466284

BSL CASH

26,532,648.00

                    0.00

316,581,404.30

26/10/2009

 

US $7,000 @ LE 3,720.60

                 0.00

26,044,200.00

342,625,604.30

27/10/2009

BSL 466286

BSL CASH

45,000,000.00

                   0.00

297,625,604.30

27/10/2009

BSL 466285

BSL CASH

35,000,000.00

                   0.00

262,625,604.30

28/10/2009

BSL 466287

BSL YEANE ENT.

160,000,000.00

                  0.00

102,625,604.30

28/10/2009

BSL 466288

BSL CASH

  40,000,000.00

                   0.00

  62,625,604.30

28/10/2009

 

BSL CASH

  30,000,000.00

                   0.00

  32,625,604.30

16/12/2009

 

US$ 30000 @ Le 3828.42

                  0.00

114,852,600.00

147,478,204.30

17/12/2009

 

CHQS DEP

                  0.00

  14,780,000.00

162,258,204.30

18/12/2009

 

RCB F/CHQS DEP

                  0.00

116,011,200.00

278,269,404.30

21/12/2009

 

CHQ. DEP

                  0.00

138,240,000.00

416,509,404.30

12/01/2010

 

CASH DEP BY G.F MISSAH

                  0.00

  24,896,000.00

441,405,404 .30

12/01/2010

 

BAL TRANSFER AS @ 11/01/10 AS PER LETTER DTD 07/01/10 REF NO. AGD/RC/BOSL/10/09

416,509,404.30

                  0.00

   24,896,000.00

15/01/2010

 

BAL TRANSFER AS @ 15/01/10 AS PER LETTER DTD 07/01/10 REF NO AGD/RC/BOSL 10/09

24,896,000.00

               0.00

                    0.00



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