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NSA Chief, Former Sen. Cletus Wortorson, LPRC Boss Sumo Kupee and Others, Appear Before Presidential Task Force for Probe

Several individuals named in the Global Witness (GW) corruption report on Liberia have made their respective appearances before the probe team for questioning on the scandal.

According to a statement from the Special Presidential Task Force, those who appeared before the panel included current and former officials of government named in the GW report.

They are former Senate President Pro-Tempore Cletus Wortorson, Fombah Sirleaf, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA);  Willie Belleh Jr., Chairman,  Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), Sumo Kupee, Director General, Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) and  Ernest C.B Jones, former Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy. Also appearing were former National Investment Commission (NIC) Chair Richard Tolbert and Mr. Christopher Ononuga.

The release also stated that legislators including House Speaker Alex Tyler, Rep. Henry Boima Fahnbulleh and Sen. Varney K. Sherman did not appear before the Taskforce.  Speaker Tyler and Rep. Fahnbulleh did not state any reason for not appearing, and Sen. Sherman wrote informing the Taskforce that he would “not appear”.

Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah who is also linked to the corruption scandal in the Global Witness report however wrote the body seeking for the postponement of his appearance to another date so as to avail him the opportunity to partake in the confirmation hearing of Hariet Badio,  Deputy Minister of  Justice designate.

The investigation which is currently ongoing at the Ministry of Justice is a tripartite panel that comprises of investigators from the Ministry of Justice, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) with Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa,  the Minister of State without Portfolio serving as Chair.
The body has been mandated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to probe into the Global Witness alleged bribery report and take appropriate and necessary actions in keeping with law.

Signed
Boima JV Boima
Head of Media Aid/Consultancy
Ministry of State Without Portfolio/ Task Force

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