Pastor Emmanuel Momoh of Sierra Leone was lucky enough to find a 706 carat diamond; and chaste enough to hand it over to the government of his country.
The diamond is counted as amongst the 20 largest stones in world – some say it could even be amongst the top 10. It is also the largest diamond to be found in Sierra Leone since 1972.
The 706-carat diamond was presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on 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, an announcement from the office of the President stated.
Media reports say the President thanked him; and the chief of Tankoro district – where the diamond was found -- for "not smuggling the diamond out of the country".
Momoh was involved in freelance artisinal mining when he found the gem.
Reports suggest that the diamond will now be evaluated and sold by the Sierra Leone government in a transparent bidding process.
The 706-carat diamond found by Pastor Emmanuel Momoh
(Pic Courtesy: State House Communication Unit, Sierra Leone)