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22-Feb-2019  
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A Police Officer has told an Accra High Court hearing the National Communication Authority (NCA) four-million-dollar case of how William Tevie, the former boss of the Commission wrote a letter to Ecobank to keep the transaction on the cybersecurity equipment confidential.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah, the case investigator said he also came across a letter written by Tevie which also indicated that the end user of the equipment was the NCA.

Led in evidence by Mrs. Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa, the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP), Chief Inspector Nkrumah said his checks at the NCA revealed that the authority did not have any records of the said confidential letter.

The witness mounted the witness box to give evidence in the case in which Eugene Baffoe-Bonney, former Board Chairman of NCA, William Tevie, Nana Owusu Ensaw, an NCA Board member, Alhaji Salifu Mimina, former Deputy National Security Coordinator and George Derrick Oppong a Director of Infralock Development Limited (IDL) are being held for willfully causing financial loss to the State.

According to Chief Inspector Nkrumah, who is also the sixth prosecution witness, the said confidential letter was dated on March 15, 2015.

Additionally, the witness said the letter indicating the end user of the equipment was NCA also bore the same date (15th March 2015).

The witness said the two letters were produced by Mr. George Derrick Oppong, the fifth accused person and a Director of Infralock Development Limited (IDL).

          Chief Inspector Nkrumah said after taking over the matter from one Detective Sergeant Yaw Lee whose tenure had ended at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), he (Nkrumah) extended his investigations to the NCA Legal Directorate and the two contracts between NCA and IDL and IDL and NSO could also not be traced.

          The witness further tendered an addendum contract which revised the contract sum of 5.44 million dollars to six million dollars.

          He said the said addendum was signed by George Derrick Oppong on behalf of IDL and one Noar Bashiran an Israeli for NSO Technologies.

          Witness said the addendum was part of the documents that Mr Oppong produced to the BNI.

          Mr Nkrumah said during his investigations Baffoe Bonnie told him that all the accused benefited financially from the purchase of the Pergasus equipment.

Hearing continues on February 26.

 
 
Source: GNA
 
 

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