23 Dec 2016

Solomons official faces corruption charges

11:17 am on 23 December 2016

The Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police, National Security, and Correctional Services, has been arrested.

Edmond Sikua's arrest came after police accused him of awarding Government tenders worth over 630,000 Solomon Islands dollars ($630,436.50) or $US80,000, to Beeds Investment, a company registered and owned by his two daughters.

Mr Sikua appeared in the Honiara Magistrate's Court this week on seven counts of official corruption and was released on a bail of 2,000 Solomon Islands dollars or $US 256, with strict conditions.

Solomon Star reports Mr Sikua was first appointed permanent secretary in 2012.

On the 8 of September this year, his appointment was renewed for a further four-year term.

Prior to this appointment he had been a serving member of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and a member of the Police Executive.

Edward Sikua was arrested by Task Force Janus, a joint effort between the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and the Ministry of Finance & Treasury.

The focus of the Task Force is to identify, apprehend and prosecute individuals involved in fraud and corruption within but not limited to the Solomon Island Public Service.