Concord Times (Freetown)

11 February 2013

Sierra Leone: Irregularities in Police - Audit Report Exposes #d Freetown

The 2011 Auditor General's report has revealed that 131 personnel of the Sierra Leone police expected to have retired were still in the service and receiving salaries.

Even though the Human Resources Management Office (HRMO) acknowledged that the Inspector General of Police and the Executive Management Board of the SLP were aware of the retention of the officers, the audit report stated that the department did not provide any documentary evidence or reasonable explanation to substantiate why those retired personnel were still receiving salaries.

It was however recommended that the Director of Human Resources should provide documentary evidence to justify the continued employment of the officers. The Inspector General of Police in his respond stated that documentary evidences had since been available with the human resources department for verification. The report also revealed that the ASSL requested reports of the internal auditor and other relevant documents for various expenditure amounting to ten million Leones (Le10, 000,000); however those documents were not presented for audit inspection.

It was recommended that the SLP should provide the requested document within thirty days of the receipt of the report; otherwise, Section 18 of the Audit Service Act would be invoked.

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