While the World football governing body, FIFA on Thursday confirmed that they are monitoring the situation with regards to the arrest of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) President, Isha Johansen and two other football officials, the SLFA President was released on bail in Freetown after her arrest the night before.
After spending the over 15 hours in custody, the SLFA boss was released after meeting the bail conditions, while both her Vice President One and General Secretary remained in custody for failing to meet the bail conditions.
Meanwhile, in a bid to get FIFA’s reactions over the issue, a spokesperson from the Federation’s media department told me that they are yet to receive any official information of the trio’s arrest and cannot comment further on the issue but rather that they are monitoring the situation.
He said: “At the time of writing this article, we haven’t received any official information yet so we are therefore not in a position to comment. We will monitor the Situation.”
According to the Public Education and outreach officer of the ACC, Patrick Sandy, the Commission has been investigating the management of funds received by the SLFA since February of this year.
He said, several invitations for cooperation were sent to the FA officials but they repeatedly declined to respond to inquiries from the Commission, insisting that they are exempt from government jurisdiction and that they are only answerable to FIFA.
"The ACC is not a political institution," Sandy said. "It is an independent body not subjected to political interference."