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Govt indicts NOCAL officials for economic sabotage

Patrick Flomo/Benjamin S. Taingay

( 25, 2015)-The Liberian Government has issued economic sabotage, bribery and criminal conspiracy indictment against several past officials of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) and the 52nd National Legislature.

The indictment was issued the officials through the Grand Jury of Montserrado County.

Acting Information Minister, Isaac Jackson, said the unsealed indictment found more probable, NOCAL Board of Directors’ former Chairman, Clemenceau Urey, and, Cllrs. Stephen Dumbar and Peter Jallah, as well as Evelyn Kandakai, Albert Chie and all former members of the company’s Board. 

Minister Jackson made the disclosure Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Information Ministry’s daily press conference in Monrovia.

The Acting Information Minister also named NOCAL former Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Fodee Kromah, Comptroller, Fulton Reeves, and the company’s former Senior Accountant, Timothy Wiapiah, as other indictees.

He further named a former member of the 52nd National Legislature, Alomiza Ennos Barr, and the Secretary of the Liberian Senate, Nanborlor Singbe, as others indicted by the Government..

Minister Jackson quotes the indictment as saying: “Between May, 2006 and May, 2007, Mr. Urey and the other indictees, knowingly and willfully colluded and defrauded government of more than US$120,000.00.”

“The indictees engaged into solicitation, payment and receipt of money for the alleged purpose of ratification by the 52nd National Legislature of oil contracts entered into by NOCAL and several other oil companies,” he further quotes the legal document as also saying.

The Acting Information Minister added: “The indictment is in keeping with government’s desire to ensure that whenever corruption cloud is hovering over past and present public officials, the law must take its course.


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