Properties belonging to former President Ernest Bai Koroma on Femi Turner Drive, Roburah, Mayerah and Sylvanus Road, were valued $12,534,500 USD, according to Christopher Olu Campbell, a Valuator at the Commission of Inquiry. Campbell testified before Commissioner Bankole Thompson of the Commission of Inquiry at the former Special Court compound on Tuesday 26th November 2019, after Justice Thompson ruled that the assets of the former president should be made public. Ernest Bai Koroma served as President of Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2018, and the Commission of Inquiry is currently probing his assets to determine if his assets show any unexplained wealth and are in line with his salary as President. According to evidence presented at the Commission, former President Koroma worked for 124 months as president and earned a salary of Le2.740 billion.
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The Valuator told the Commission that the house at Femi Turner in Goderich is a multi structure, two-storey building valued at $4,485,000 (Le35.872 billion). The property and land at Roburah in Makeni is valued at $7 million USD (Le56 billion). The property and land on Disiya Road in Mayerah Lungi is valued at $152,500 USD (Le1.2 billion). Campbell said in relation to the Startlet Hotel Estate on Sylvanus Road Timbo Avenue, which has more than eight structures, also belongs to former President Koroma and is valued at $897,000 USD (Le7.180 billion). Lawyer Joseph F. Kamara doubted the numerical intelligence of the witness. And, during cross-examination Campbell said they were not allowed to enter the compound in some of the properties. “We were chased by people. I was standing ten to fifteen yards away from the buildings.” Other properties suspected to be owned by the former president were not allowed to be mentioned.
By Mohamed J. Bah
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