The new Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. Edwin K. Martin has given 120–day ultimatum to all past and present public officials to return alleged stolen properties from the government or risk being arrested.
Speaking at a ceremony marking his official takeover in Congo Town, Cllr. Martin said the period of this voluntary restitution starts August 1st and ends November 30, 2021.
The LACC Boss said the war on corruption has begun, Cllr Martin called on all previous and present public officials who have mismanaged, misapplied, misused and stolen public funds to voluntarily restitute same with immediate effect.
According to him, the LACC under his watch will make sure those trusted with public funds and properties account for them.
He further explained that private individuals and businesses who are also allegedly involved in stealing or misappropriating public funds will be brought to Justice.
He said the LACC is aware and has knowledge on the whereabouts of all those in question, and if they do not adhere to the caveat, there will be unannounced public arrest- whether in offices, businesses or homes.
He named the government’s ‘Asset Recovery Account (in United States Dollars at the Central Bank of Liberia as the dedicated account to be used to deposit all restituted funds.
Cllr. Martin however,instructed the Division of Enforcement and Intelligence of the LACC to conduct immediate investigation into Government’s Ministries, Agencies and Commission (MAC), Private individuals and business houses who willfully squandered public money for their selfish gains.
Cllr. Martin replaced Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike, the embattled former Executive Chairperson who was forced to resign due to pressure from the public over his questionable nationality status
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