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Sierra Leonean Pastor Unearths 706-carat Diamond, Hands it Over to the Government



The Diamond. Photo Credit: Sierra Leonean Government

A Sierra Leonean pastor, Emmanuel Momoh has returned a 706-carat diamond he unearthed in the country’s Kono district, to the president.

This was disclosed in a statement on the Sierra Leonean government’s website on Thursday.

“A 706-carat diamond was presented to President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday evening (Wednesday March 15th, 2017) by Paramount Chief Paul N. Saquee The 5 of Tankoro Chiefdom in Kono district led by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Honourable Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray at State House,” the statement read.

CNN reports that President Bai Koroma thanked the pastor for not smuggling the gemstone out of the country.

President Bai Koroma also said that Momoh will be rewarded after the diamond is sold.

Photo Credit: Sierra Leonean Government


  1. Anne

    March 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Wao. Welldone Pastor. All politicians must learn from him. That is what we call a heart to serve, a heart that cares about the country, a heart that wants what belongs to the entire country to benefit the inhabitants of that country. God bless you Pastor.

    • Anon

      March 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      “All politicians must learn from him.” All Pastors must learn from him too. 🙂

    • Jabawale

      March 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      This is how Christianity turns you into a ‘Mugu’, u shud have submitted ur wife aswell!

    • Darius

      March 17, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      What beats my imagination is, why would someone go searching for diamond if when they find it, they hand it over to the government? Is he a contractor working for the government? Did he find the diamond in a government-owned land? If the diamond wasn’t so big, would he have still handed it over to the government? Why is this Pastor searching for diamonds if he doesn’t need diamonds?

  2. Teekay

    March 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Something that the government will still embezzle the money is it not africa again… if i was in his shoes i would ve given it to charity, orphanage or cancer homes or people that are in medical needs.. just open a home for this people and use the funds towards giving them assistant and opportunity.
    Welldone to him tho. Some might have seen it and kept quiet

  3. Billionaire in grace

    March 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Wow well done Pastor!!!! may the lord bless you beyong your desires

  4. Deleke

    March 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Father Lord, connect me with my own diamond by the power in the name of Jesus

  5. Marie Antoinette

    March 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thus saith the Lord to His anointed…
    Isaiah 45:3…I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places,
    so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

    The Lord God Almighty has fulfilled His promise to this pastor and he didn’t recognise it.

    • nene+

      March 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      What do you mean he didn’t recognize it?

    • Cocolette

      March 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Nene you don’t know Nigerians again? People that will see money that someone else lost on the road and pocket it because “God sent it to them”

    • Marie Antoinette

      March 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      I meant that God may have led him to that rock for a purpose…maybe to help build His Kingdom, spread the gospel, touch lives etc. Like someone said above, give to charity, build orphanages, contribute towards cancer research…it’s a lot of money you know
      As much as I commend him for his honesty and patriotism, the government will do as they please with the treasure and it won’t be in full benefit of the masses of Sierra Leone.

    • OO

      March 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      “Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” Mark 12:17.
      The Bible can be used to justify anything under the sun, including a pastor stealing a diamond. He did the correct thing – found a diamond that didn’t belong to him and turned it in to the government as is the law. It’s not up to him to take justice into his own hands and do “good” with the diamond because the government won’t do the right thing with it. If he took the diamond intending to do “good” with it and was caught selling it on the black market or smuggling it out of th country, we would be the quickest to condemn him and call him a fake pastor.

    • See

      March 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Na wa. So if you pray to God for 2 million and then you enter a cab and find 3 million in the backseat (forgotten by a passenger) does that mean God answered your prayer? Christians should fear God o! The man did what his heart said was the right thing to do, you say he didn’t collect his blessing. Smh

    • Loved comment in error

      March 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      That analogy does not apply here as he didn’t steal it. Diamond is a natural resource in Sierraleone so he technically discovered it

  6. saide

    March 17, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    hello Dencia!

  7. Martha

    March 17, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    the diamond is 709 not 706

  8. dhoney

    March 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Well as for me…returning it is largely dependent on some factors. If it`s found on my property, I mean dug out of my own acquired land, no way it`s going back to those thieves in government. I own the land and everything on it ( at least that what the law says in most part of Africa). There are thousands of people I can better their lives with money realized from this. Bible says ..wisdom is profitable to direct.

  9. Hannah

    March 17, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Well done Pastor! Sierra Leone is a blessed country indeed.

  10. SoniaPaloma

    March 17, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Maybe that’s why i haven’t found any diamond yet lol
    Left to me I am not handling it to the Government. I will sell it and use the money to better the life of the country’s citizens.
    Most of our African Leaders are corrupt and nothing to write home about please. Upon all the Diamonds in Sierra Leone look at the state of that country still
    None the less, well done pastor.

  11. onyi

    March 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Last last they will still use the diamond to make the ring for Meghan Markle’s engagement ring from Prince Harry 😉


    March 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Except God instructed him to hand it over to government,otherwise his foolishness is legendary.that cash would have been enough to transform the life of less priviledge,interest free loan for the poor,free education,poverty alleviation and mission work.i bet that diamond and the proceed will be shared among politicians….tommorrow now you will start fund raising from poor church members for church building etc .

  13. Madman

    March 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Dear pastor, you are a moron.

    • aj

      March 18, 2017 at 5:23 am

      God forgive me but I agree with you! that was an unwise move.

  14. OA

    March 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Could have given it to a museum in the U.S. or Europe and they would have remunerated him quite nicely.

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