- The suspect indicated that the money was to be channeled into NPP's 2016 electoral campaign
- All efforts to retrieve the money by either the suspect or his employee from the NPP proved futile
A man, charged with fraud and theft, has been granted bail by a High Court in Tamale.
The suspect, Alhassan Hafiz Sibdoo, allegedly stole almost a GHc1 million from his employer.
He indicated that he intended to finance the activities of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern region.
According to him, the Northern regional minister, Salifu Saeed, encouraged him to divert the money towards NPP's campaign activities.
He further added that the minister assured him than he would be reimbursed when NPP comes into office.
The court hesitated in granting him bail because he (the suspect) indicated that the Northern regional minister, Salifu Saeed, was involved in the plot to dishonestly appropriate the money from the suspect’s employer.
The victim, Prince Osman Sahabi, who had employed the suspect for over 7 years, reported him to the police when he realized that his employee was unable to account for monies generated from sales.
Sibdoo then explained to his boss that he channeled part of the money towards the political campaigns of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Northern region.
The salesman added that since the NPP won power, he is yet to receive the money given out for the political activities.
Sahabi also tried to reach an agreement with the NPP officials involved, but to no avail. His next line of action was therefore to report the matter to the police.
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Consequently, the suspect has been remanded for two weeks as investigations into the matter continues.
However he implored the judge to show mercy as he intended to do everything possible to return the cash.
The judge therefore fined him GHc3000, a default of which would result in a four (4) year imprisonment for him.
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