Ex-NSS boss given permission to enjoy Xmas

Alhaji Alhassan ImoroThe former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Alhaji Alhassan Imoro, was yesterday granted permission by an Accra Fast Track High Court to travel to his hometown to visit his family during Christmas.

Consequently, he has been excused from presenting himself at the office of the Bureau of National Investigations, (BNI) from December 23 to January 2, 2015.

This was after his counsel, Mr Denis Adjei Dwomoh, had pleaded with the court to allow him to spend time with his family during the yuletide.

The court, presided over by Mrs Justice Georgina Mensah- Datsa, subsequently reviewed the bail conditions to enable Alhaji Imoro to report to the BNI office once in a week on the day agreed by both parties, instead of three times in a week per the bail conditions.

Mr. Dwomoh, told the court, the defence was not opposed to the three weeks adjournment, and added that the period would be in the heat of the Christmas, and prayed the court to grant the accused permission to travel to his hometown during the period.

Senior State Attorney, Comfort Tasiame, who represented the state prayed the court for a three-week adjournment to allow the prosecution to complete investigations effectively, and the defence counsel said they were not opposed to the three weeks adjournment..

The case was therefore, adjourned to January 8, 2015.

Alhaji Imoro, who is accused of allegedly stealing GH¢86.9 million was granted bail in the sum of GH¢90 million with three sureties, all to be justified with property worth one million Ghana Cedis.

He was to surrender his passport to the BNI until further notice, and report himself to the BNI four times in a week or any other days upon the request by the BNI.

Imoro has pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing GH¢86.9 million belonging to the Government of Ghana through payment to non-existent National Service personnel.

On November 3, this year, Imoro was discharged at the Circuit Court, but immediately re-arrested and arraigned before the Fast Track High Court.

The Circuit Court was expected to deliver its ruling in respect of Imoro’s bail application but that did not materialise.

Prosecution’s case was that the accused was responsible for the posting and placement, raising vouchers and payment of National Service persons in the country.

According to the prosecution, at the beginning of the year, he posted some Service personnel and caused the transfer of payment vouchers across the country.

In July, this year, the BNI received some complaints of malfeasance, and began nationwide investigations into the operations of the NSS with regards to the payment of monthly allowances to National Service Persons.

According to the prosecution, investigations so far, have revealed that for every month starting from September 2013 to July, this year, an amount of GH¢7.9 million was paid to 22,612 non-existent or “ghost” Service Persons.

Prosecution said the “ghost” names were generated at the NSS Headquarters, under the supervision of the former NSS boss.

According to prosecution, Imoro instructed that the names be added to the Payment Vouchers (PVs).

The prosecutor said the PVs were distributed to the Regional Directors of the Scheme and on receipt, they also distributed them to the District Directors under their jurisdiction.

Prosecution said Imoro signed cheques for payments which were deposited in the banks of the districts where Service persons withdrew their allowances.

Imoro also issued instructions to the District Directors through their Regional Directors that after the allowances of the genuine service persons had been paid, the money for the “ghost” names should be withdrawn and sent to him through the Regional Directors.

Prosecution said a total of GH¢86.9 million was received by Imoro from the 10 Regional Directors.

By Agnes Opoku Sarpong    

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