With reference to the relevant section of the Public Financial Management Act of 2016, the Audit Report indicates that Le 4,000,759,885 generated as own source revenue for various chargeable service offered by the Sierra Leone Police was retained in contradiction to the above regulation.
The Audit report noted that the said amount was retained by the police without the written permission of the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, adding that although there was evidence that the SLP had approached the Finance Ministry on the matter, the latter was yet to respond, and therefore, they (police) had been in breach of the aforementioned regulations since the past 5 years.
The report therefore recommends that the Inspector General of Police (IG) should seek the approval of the Finance Ministry and other relevant authorities for the utilization of these funds within 15 days upon receipt of the report; otherwise, the appropriate authorities should be advised accordingly.
According to the report, the IG in his response, said that a verbal approval was granted by the then Finance Minister in a meeting that was held between the Sierra Leone Police Management, Minister of Finance and the Commissioner General of NRA, which permitted them to retain revenue collected from services provided by the SLP armed guards.
Furthermore, that the IG has written two separate letters to the Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Public Assets Committee in Parliament, in order to seek their approval for the utilization of revenue collected by the institution.
The auditors in their comment said they noted that letters from the IG dated 29th April, 2015, 9th October, 2015 and 1ST March 2017 were sent to the Minister of Finance, Chairman Public Accounts Committee and the Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament respectively, seeking permission for the retention and utilization of such funds.
However, the Auditor General maintained that until a written approval is given by the Minister of Finance, the issue remains unresolved.