- 3 former board members of the National Communications Authority (NCA) have been slapped with a total of 16 years jail sentences
- They were convicted for their roles in the purchase of cybersecurity equipment worth over $4 million
- The 3 were acquitted and discharged on charges of stealing, conspiracy to steal, and using public office for personal benefits
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Three former board members of the National Communications Authority (NCA) have been slapped with a total of 16 years jail sentences for their roles in the purchase of cybersecurity equipment worth over $4 million.
A former board chair of the NCA, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie was sentenced to six years imprisonment while William Tetteh Tevie, a former Director-General of the NCA was also sentenced to five years imprisonment and Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, a former Deputy National Security Coordinator was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Tevie and Osman were found guilty on the charges of conspiracy to willfully causing financial loss to the state.
The 3 were acquitted and discharged on charges of stealing, conspiracy to steal, and using public office for personal benefits.
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The judge, Justice Kyei Baffour, further ordered the Attorney-General to seize assets of the convicts amounting to the tune of three million dollars.
The NDC administration earlier contracted an Israeli company to supply a piece of eavesdropping equipment at a cost of $6 million to enable the Authority to monitor conversations of persons suspected to be engaged in acts of terror.
A local agent, Infraloks Development Limited, allegedly charged $2 million to facilitate the transaction, bringing the total sum to $8 million.
According to a Citi News report, the NCA was asked to fund the project because the National Security did not have the money to fund the transaction.
$4 million was, however, withdrawn from the NCA’s account. $1 million out of the withdrawn amount was deposited into the account of the Israeli company and the remaining $3 million was lodged in the account of Oppong, who acted as a representative of the local agents, Infraloks Development Ltd.
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In other news, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has stated that there is a likelihood of a fall in Ghana’s growth rate from 6% to 1.5%
According to him, the country’s deficit budget is also expected to exceed 5% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He further noted that there is also the possibility that Ghana would be impacted in its macro-fiscal position due to the pandemic.
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