The Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission has launched an investigation over the involvement of its embattled Vice-Chairman Cllr. Kanio Bai Gbala on allegations of corruption at the National Port Authority.
Addressing a Press Conference Monday in Congo Town the LACC through its chairman Cllr. Edwin Martian said the investigation division at the LACC was mandated to start the investigation today.
He added that the Vice-Chairman Requested leave of absence to allow the investigation go to proceed and was accepted by him as Chairperson.
The Vice-Chair at the LACC request leave of absence after the FrontPage Africa investigative report.
Cllr. Gbala in a request addressed to the chairman of the commission stated that his decision was provoked by an august 30, 2021 news report in the FrontPage Africa newspaper which alleges that he is professionally conflicted regarding the ongoing corruption investigation of the Nation Port Authority.
He continued that he is absolutely convinced that he has committed no legal wrong nor violated any conflict of interest provision of the law.
He also denied being a shareholder of the company creative Developers Inc. but stated that he bought shares in Creative Developers on behalf of his younger sister, Zarylee Gbala upon being invited by his friend Sidiki Fofana who established the company and he’s the CEO.
In another development, the Chairman of the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission has disclosed that the indicted persons at the ongoing National Port Authority investigation are cooperating and all those who escape will be extradited in keeping with the law.
He further noted that the LACC has indicted for the August term of the court from an investigative report from the General Adulting Commission.
Those indicted persons include Oblayon Nyumah former Director-General LIPA, Donald Harmon former Controller LIPA, Berko Quake Accountant LIPA on multiple crimes reneging from Theft of Properties, Economy Sabotage, Misused of Public Funds among others.
He added indicted persons include: Dr. Marcus Jones former Director-General CARI, Holet Frimly former Administrator CARI, David Karmon warehouse supervisor CARI, and Dr. Walter Wile former Director-General CARI, on crimes of Forgery, Counter Faking, Theft of Properties, and Economy Sabotage among others.
The LACC Chairman is calling on the Press Union of Liberia, Civil Society Organizations, and the General Public to aid the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission in fighting corruption in Liberia.