GYEEDA Accused Transferred To Nsawam Prisons

Philip Akpeena Assibit, the first accused in the alleged GH¢4.1 million fraud at the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) was yesterday transferred from police custody to prison custody at Nsawam for failing to meet his bail condition.

The order given by the Financial Division (1) of the Fast Track High Court presided over by Mrs. Justice Afia Serwaa Asare-Botwe was at the instance of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) who told the Court that the indenture (building document) produced by the accused as a guarantee, was not substantial enough to meet the GH¢200,000 bail bond as requested.

According to the CID, keeping the accused in police custody beyond the stipulated 48 hours for failing to meet his bail conditions tantamount to the breach of the law which prescribes that “nobody should be kept in custody for more than 48 hours without recourse to a court of competent jurisdiction”.

Philip Assibit, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Goodwill International Group (GIG), a consultancy firm, is presently standing trial with the former National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) now GYEEDA, and Member of Parliament for Chiana-Paga in the Upper East Region, Abuga Pele, at the Fast Track High Court.

The first accused (Assisbit) is facing 11 out of the 19 counts which are: “defrauding by false pretence and dishonestly causing loss to public property” whilst Abuga Pele (2nd accused) faces eight Counts ie: “abetment of crime, defraud by false pretence, intentionality misapplying public property and willfully causing financial loss to the state”.

The case assumed a full trial on Tuesday, February 11, where the former Deputy Co-ordinator and first prosecution witness, Alhaji Nuru Hamidan was called to give his evidence.

However, the Court detained Philip Assibit after the proceedings whilst Abuga Pele was allowed to go home on his previous self-recognizance bail.

The facts are that, the second accused paid an amount of GH¢4.1 million to Assibit who claimed he had offered consultancy services to GYEEDA to enable it create one million jobs for the youth as well as contracting 65 million-dollar loan facility from the World Bank without recourse to the then Minister of Youth and Sports, Ms. Akua Sena Dansua or the Attorney General.

But prosecution said investigations conducted revealed that no consultancy services were rendered by Philip Assibit, and that the said amount should not have been paid to him.

The trial which resumed for the second time on Thursday, February 13, following the continuation of cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Alhaji Hamidan by Mr. Raymond Bagnabu, Counsel for Philip Assibit was adjourned to March 4. By Castro Zangina-Tong

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