Ghana: Former NCA Boss, 2 Others Jailed for Causing Financial Loss to the State

William Tevie, former Director General, National Communication Authority, Ghana

Accra, Ghana, May 12, 2020//-A former Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), former Board Chairman of the NCA and former National Security representative coordinator have all been slapped with various jail terms.

The High Court handed William Tetteh Tevie a five-year jail term; Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie was given six years with Salifu Osman also getting five years.

This is the first corruption case that was filed by the NPP government when it assumed power in 2017.

Justice Eric Kyei Baffour found them guilty of causing $4 million financial loss to the state.

One other accused person, a businessman was, however, acquitted and discharged.

The Attorney General has been ordered to seize assets belonging to the convicted persons estimated to be worth $3 million.

Prosecution led by the state from January 16, 2018, called six witnesses to make a case against the accused persons namely, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, William Tetteh Tevie, former Director-General of the NCA; Nana Owusu Ensaw, a former board member; Salifu Mimina Osman, a former Deputy National Security Coordinator and George Derrick Oppong.

The accused led by their respective counsel opened their defence and did not call any defence witnesses.

The accused earlier filed a submission of no case but the court held that they had a case to answer and directed that they opened their defence.

Nana Owusu Ensaw, however, filed an appeal and got a ruling in his favour leading to his discharge.

Among the charges were stealing, using public office for personal gains, and willfully causing financial loss to the state in respect of the purchase of a Pegasus machine worth $4 million, to among other things assist in the fight against terrorism.

They all denied the various offences and have since been on bail.

Justice Baffour noted in his judgement that prosecution had proved that the three accused persons conspired and caused financial loss to the state.

He said evidence showed that the transaction did not have the approval of the NCA’s board, and a loss was occasioned to the state.

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