The diamond was presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday March 15th 2017, by the Tankoro Chiefdom in Kono district, Paramount Chief Paul N. Saquee the 5, accompanied by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Honourable Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray at the Sierra Leone’s State House.
The Mines Minister narrated that the diamond was discovered by Pastor Emmanuel A. Momoh who actually engaged in alluvial mining at Koyadu village in Tankoro Chiefdom.
Upon receiving the diamond, President Koroma applauded the paramount chief and his people for not smuggling the diamond out of the country, to acquire personal gains at the expense of the country’s natural resources.
President Koroma further emphasized the importance of selling such a magnificent diamond, as he promised to evidently reward the owners what actually due to them, as well as the benefit to the country at large.
The president assured that the selling process would be transparent and to the highest bidder.