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Would you give a 706-carat diamond worth over £50m you found to the government?
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Would you give a 706-carat diamond worth over £50m you found to the government?

Mfonobong Akpan

Would you give a 706-carat diamond worth over £50m you found to the government?

Apparently, a Sierra Leonean pastor, Emmanuel Momoh, who also works as a miner found one of the world’s largest uncut diamond ever found, weighing 706 carats, worth over £50m, and handed it over to the government.

According to reports, the precious stone was found in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kono region.

A local chief from Kono handed the stone to President Ernest Koroma on behalf of Momoh who made the discovery.

The presidency said in a statement that Mr. Koroma thanked the chief who acted as an intermediary for not smuggling it out of the country. The President pledged to reward him with some of the proceeds from the sale of the diamond.

The government plans to auction it. The stone is yet to be valued but could be worth millions of dollars.

The stone, is being stored in the country’s central bank, government sources said.

Diamonds fueled a decade-long civil war that ended in 2002 in which 50,000 people were killed. Rebels forced civilians in the east to mine the stones and bought weapons with the proceeds, leading to the term “blood diamonds”. “He (Koroma) underscored the importance of selling such a diamond here as it will clearly give the owners what is due them and benefit the country as a whole,” the statement said.

So, if it were you who found this diamond, would you hand it to the government?