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The President of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA), Isha Johansen was arrested early yesterday by country’s anti-corruption body agents.

Sources close to the Chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Ardy Macauley confirmed the arrest on the start of “Operation Thunderbolt”which aim to rout and bring to justice people alleged to be involved in corruption acts.

Johansen aged 51 who was elected president of the Sierra Leone Football Association unopposed on 3 August 2013 was put into custody together with the FA’s Vice-President Brima Mazola Kamara and Secretary General Chris Kamara.

The arrests came a day after returning from Ivory Coast where the three officials attended the Leone Stars Africa Cup of Nation’s 2017 final qualifying match last Saturday at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, Ivory Coast.

The arrested persons have been detained for alleged misappropriation of FIFA funds at the CID headquarter in Freetown.

Chief Superintendent Mohamed Kamara at the Central police station,Freetown, where they were being held confirmed that the Anti-Corruption Commission had handed the officials over to their custody. He said they would spend the Wednesday night there and will be presented to court today.

Johansen is one of the only women in the world to head a national football federation.

(Additional reports:Agencies)

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