The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has today handed over a cheque of Ten Billion (Old) Leones (Le10BN) to President Brigadier (Rtd.) Dr. Julius Maada Bio as part of its non-conviction based asset recovery approach.

The presentation ceremony, marked by its importance, unfolded at the State House in Freetown.

ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. emphasized that their robust anti-corruption strategy encompasses asset recovery alongside prosecution, prevention, and public education.

He stated, “In Africa, we are a leading example in the way to fight corruption and I am proud to say many other countries are following and learning from us.”

The funds handed over are specifically derived from non-conviction-based asset recovery efforts, distinct from other recoveries made for Government agencies, court-imposed fines, and assets like properties, laptops, and vehicles.

President Bio acknowledged the ACC’s valiant efforts in this challenging endeavor, commending them for their dedication.

He underscored his administration’s commitment to fighting corruption, highlighting substantial recoveries and the nation’s unprecedented progress in transparency indexes over the past five years.

The President encouraged the ACC Team to remain resolute as they continue their pursuit of combating corruption within the country.

During the same event, the ACC Commissioner presented the Commission’s 2022 Annual Report to President Bio, as mandated by Section 19(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008, amended in 2019. This comprehensive report details the Commission’s activities, significant accomplishments, and the hurdles encountered in the battle against corruption throughout 2022.