Anas Aremeyaw Anas is at it again, after the Gold scam investigation in Ghana.This time, with his sierra Leonean Award Winning Journalist Sorious Samura.In a number of meetings with illegal loggers, Samura posed as a businessman interested in illegal timber exporting.
Despite laws prohibiting felling of trees without license, he found illicit logging taking place in all the forest areas he visited. He also met local officials all too willing to supply him with illegal wood. In one
instance a local Paramount Chief not only offered to sell him several tons of
illegally cut wood, but also to introduce Samura to high level contacts within Sierra Leone’s government to help him breach the ban on timber exports.
In the second half of the investigation Samura’s colleague, the multiple-award-winning Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, visited the Vice President’s office undercover.
Anas and a colleague, again posing as businessmen, met with the His Excellency The Vice President Samuel Sumana and two of his friends, who claimed to be official advisors.
Later the two men, Alex Mansaray and Momoh Konte, sought and accepted cash payments from the ‘businessmen’, which they claimed would help secure the Vice President’s support for a timber export business that the undercover reporters wished to establish.
Vice President Sumana later admitted to Al Jazeera that he knew the men but said their claims to be his advisors were false and that he hadn’t received any money solicited by them on his behalf.
“Timber!” can be seen on Aljezeera at the following times GMT: Friday 25/11/11: 03:30; Saturday 26/11/11: 16:30; Sunday 27/11/11: 22:30;
Monday 28/11/11: 09:30; Tuesday 29/11/11: 03:30; Wednesday 30/11/11: