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2017-11-14

[N] E/R: Driver, 19, Jailed 8 Years For Kidnapping And Defiling Girl, 13
[N] Special Prosecutor could wait till 2019 if parliament misses 2017 passage
[N] Petroleum Revenue Mgt. Act breached for 7-yrs running – PIAC
[N] CEDTAG Strike action leaves colleges of education deserted
[N] Nduom is not presidential material -Maurice Ampaw
[N] Police blame Kasoa violent attacks on under-staffing

2017-11-10

[N] GMA indicts gov't for failing to employ medical doctors
[N] Ministers are not allowed to use sirens; Police order immediate removal
[N] Stay focused and deal with your controversies – Nana Addo to Zoomlion Boss
[N] We will face criminals boot for boots with ‘Father Xmas’ Operation -Ken Yeboah
[N] Step aside – Group to NDC Chairmen
[N] School Feeding Coordinators Trade Insults Over Naabu & Otiko
[N] Major Mahama bill passed

2017-11-09

[N] Free SHS: Ablakwa Donates Furniture to Schools
[N] Girls with excessive make ups may have ovary tumour – doctor
[N] Visitors pay GHc2 to see prisoners
[N] Consider our request to contest 2020 polls -NDC Chairmen to Mahama
[N] Colleges of Education still closed as talks over arrears fail
[N] Economic policies paying off - Prez
[N] Cancer disfigures head of 2-year old, sticks mother with ¢12,000 bill
[N] There is corruption in police service- COP Ken Yeboah
[N] 3 arrested in Kumasi for robbing, raping victims

2017-11-08

[N] Help Gov’t to achieve its revenue targets -Nana Addo to GHAPOHA
[N] NPA to close down 35 more high-risk LPG stations nationwide
[N] Uber adds Paid Wait Time; additional features for driver-partners
[N] ‘Bawumia is only confident, he knows nothing’- Minority
[N] A/R: Queen mothers grateful to 1st lady for KATH mother & baby unit
[N] If our bond was issued at 20% it would have been oversubscribed- Kwarteng hits b
[N] Tiger Eye F’dation Partners Klarity To Fight Corruption
[N] AG’s application against Indian businessman dismissed again

2017-11-07

[N] Bawumia behaving like a ‘heartless’ serial caller – Ofosu Kwakye
[B] 2018 budget to improve domestic revenue collection
[N] 24,377 cattle, 225 owners registered in Kwahu
[N] New agency inaugurated to boost revenue collection in oil and gas sector
[B] New Drivers’ License to be launched today
[N] Tell the true African stories through your writings – Nana Addo to PAWA
[B] Investor uncertainty, others impacted energy bond  

2017-11-06

[N] Sack Freddie Blay for defending Ayisi Boateng – Alhaji Sani
[B] Energy bond unsuccessful after two tries

2017-11-05

[N] 'We won't compromise on admission malpractices' - UCC & its affiliates
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General News

[ 2017-05-24 ]

Eugene Baffoe-Bonney (left) and William Tevie

BNI probes 3 Mahama appointees over $4m graft
Three appointees of former President John Mahama
are being investigated by the Bureau of National
Investigations (BNI) for allegedly dipping their
hands into the coffers of the National
Communications Authority (NCA) for $4million which
they have failed to account for.

The three appointees, according to Information
Minister Mustapha Hamid, conspired with a private
citizen to commit the act.

The former Mahama appointees being investigated,
as named by Mr Hamid in an interview with Joy FM’s
Kojo Yankson on Wednesday, 24 May, include Mr
Eugene Baffoe-Bonney, former Board Chairman of the
NCA; Mr William Tevie, former Chief Executive
Officer of the NCA, and Alhaji Osman, former
Deputy National Security Coordinator.

Their conspirator is George Oppong. Mr Hamid said
they engaged in the graft in connection with a
contract between the Mahama administration and an
Israeli company, NSO Group Technology Limited, in
which the latter was to supply eavesdropping
gadgets worth $6 million. The equipment were meant
to help the government of Ghana monitor the calls
of suspected terrorists.

In the course of the transaction, Mr Hamid said a
local agent – Infraloks Development Limited –
charged $2million as facilitation fee, bringing
the total amount to $8million.

According to Mr Hamid, National Security, which
did not have the funds for the equipment, allowed
the NCA, which supervises the use of such
equipment to fund the project.

The NCA top officials, he revealed, withdrew $4
million from the NCA’s kitty but gave only
$1million to the Israeli firm.

The surplus, according to Mr Hamid, was deposited
into the personal accounts of Mr George Oppong,
who fronted as an agent of Infraloks Development
Ltd. He said Alhaji Osman orchestrated the entire
deal.

According to Mr Hamid, demands by the Israeli firm
to be paid the $5 million balance after the Mahama
administration lost power in the December 2016
elections prompted the new Akufo-Addo government
to probe the transaction after which the graft was
detected.

Mr Hamid said: “They took $4 million from NCA
accounts and paid $1 million to the Israeli
company and then deposited $3 million in the
accounts of the local agent, one Mr George Oppong
and proceeded to share the $3million among
themselves.”

Mr Hamid gave the breakdown of the share of the $3
million as follows: “Mr. Eugene Baffoe-Bonney took
$200,000; George Oppong took $100,000; William
Tevie got $150,000, Alhaji Osman received $70,000”
while one other person got $500,000.

He said apart from Alhaji Osman, the others have
admitted to the crime and have been given bail
after the BNI interrogated them. Alhaji Osman is,
however, at large, according to the Minister.

Mr Hamid revealed that Mr Oppong has refunded $1
million while Mr Baffoe-Bonney promised to refund
$40,000 as of last week. He said the others have
also promised to refund every cent. “BNI hasn’t
even decided at this stage because they believe
that the money must be returned. … If they succeed
in retrieving the money then they will decide
their next action,” Mr. Hamid said.

According to him, the transaction was a clear case
of top officials colluding to plunder the state
coffers.

“The reason why this is a classic case of 'create,
loot and share' is that…it was basically Alhaji
Osman acting as Deputy National Security
Coordinator, who spearheaded this deal. …People
cannot just go and open a state vault and take
whatever that is in there” Mr Hamid lamented.

Source - classfmonline.com



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