Journalist detained for cross-checking an alleged US1.5 million fraud

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) has called for the release of managing editor of Times SL Newspaper.

Sallieu Tejan Jalloh

A team of CID officers and military personnel arrested Journalist Sallieu Tejan Jalloh at Circular Road.

Sierra Leone police confirmed the detention of journalist Sallieu Tejan-Jalloh of the Times newspaper.

According to BBC correspondent Umaru Fofona, the head of CID, Chief Superintendent John Alpha said it was in connection with an SMS the journalist sent to the county’s Chief Minister Prof David Francis, enquiring about an alleged payment of $1.5 million into his private bank account by SL Mining which had its license cancelled recently by the state.

Police aren at Ecobank seeking to confirm the alleged payment, the CID boss told me. The Chief Minister could not be reached for his comment.

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