Former Defense Minister under the All People’s Congress (APC) Major Rtd. Palo Conteh has refuted the story making rounds in the social media that he has paid Le40 billion to the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). 

“My attention has been drawn to news making the rounds on social media that I, Alfred ‘Palo’ Conteh, deposited Le40 billion to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) before I was released on bail.

“I want the general public to know that at no time during the course of the ACC’s investigations was I asked to pay Le40 billion either as a bail bond or as a settlement payment.

“That news is not only untrue but is being floated on social media to dent my hard-earned reputation”, He said it is not true that he was asked to submit all travelling documents because he was “a flight risk”.

“I returned to Sierra Leone on my own volition because I believe I did nothing wrong during my tenure as both former Defence and later Internal Affairs Minister” He said as the ACC continues with its investigations.

His intention here is not to prejudice the investigations in anyway but to put the record straight that at no time did he deposit Le40 billion to the Anti-Corruption Commission. 

Conteh said he never wanted to discuss his time at the ACC but had to put the record straight.