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Anti-Corruption Commission Widens Exams Fraud Investigation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Sierra Leone has widened the net of its probe into what it described as the largest suspected examination malpractice in the country.

An official of the Commission said on Monday that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) is a key interest in the ongoing investigations following the arrest of 71 suspects last week.

The suspects, who the Commission said comprise of students and teachers, were rounded up as part of a joint operation by the police and officers of the ACC.

The Commission said it had acted on intelligence report.

The suspects were gathered at a private residence in Aberdeen in the west end of Freetown.

They have since been charged but 62 of the accused have been released on bail, Patrick Sandi, Director of Communication and Outreach at the ACC, disclosed.

He explained that the remaining nine suspects still in detention were suspected to be the ring leaders. He said releasing them could jeopardize their investigation.

Sandi stressed that the ACC is treating the investigation very seriously. “What’s critical at this stage is that the people of this country should continue to rest their faith on the ACC, especially with regards this examination malpractice, because it is something everyone knows has a damaging effect and the seriousness of the reputational damage it brings to this country,” Sandi told journalists in Freetown.

Sandi also said since WAEC is responsible when it comes to access to examination question papers and answer sheets, it will have to explain how the papers were accessed by the suspects.

“They (WAEC) is also of interest to the investigation. The buck stops with WAEC in terms of question papers and answer booklets,” Sandi said.

©The Calabash Newspaper

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