National Service Director Granted Bail

The interdicted Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Alhaji Alhassan Imoro was yesterday granted GH¢90 million bail with three sureties to be justified by an Accra Fast Track High Court Financial Division Four.

The court, presided over by Mrs. Mensah-Datsa   ordered that the three sureties must own property worth GH¢1 million.Alhaji Imoro Alhassan,Interdicted NSS Executive Director

Alhaji Imoro was also asked to surrender his passport to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), where he was in custody for six weeks for allegedly stealing GH¢86.9 million belonging to the state. He is to report to the Investigations Unit every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The former NSS boss was arraigned in court on October 15, 2014, after 27 district directors, 10 regional directors and three directors from the NSS head office were picked up for questioning.

The prosecution, led by Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Ms. Cynthia Lamptey told the court that although the prosecution had not finished investigating the case, the accused was bailable, praying the court to exercise its discretion.

“My Lord, even though we have not finished with investigations, this is a bailable offence and we will leave it at the discretion of the court,” she said.

When asked by the judge how soon they would finish investigations, she hinted that depending on the circumstances, the prosecution would be able to do so within two weeks.

She said the prosecution would invite the various regional directors of the scheme for questioning, and would need the accused to assist in their investigations.

Dennis Adjei, who held brief for Yoni Kulendi, counsel for the accused, said the statement of the prosecution meant that they (prosecution) did not oppose to the bail application, and pleaded with the court to rule in his favour.

He further prayed the court to grant the bail application on the premise that the accused as a family man, had a fixed place of abode worth GH¢300,000, a piece of land, and a civil servant for more than 25 years.

Counsel for the accused had a herculean task pleading for a reduction of the bail from GH¢90 million to GH¢900,000 arguing that what mattered in considering a bail application was the presence of the accused as and when he was needed by the court.

Making references to case laws, the defence counsel alluded to the cases of Messrs Tsatsu Tsikata, Kodwo Mpianim and Dan Abodakpi in which their passports were the only things considered.

The facts of the case, are that the BNI in July, 2014 began a nationwide investigation into the operations of the NSS with regard to the payment of monthly allowances to service personnel.

It said investigations so far revealed that from September 2013 to July 2014, GH¢7.9 million was paid to 22,612 non-existing service persons, resulting in a total loss of GH¢86.9 million within the period.

The investigations further revealed that the ghost names were generated at the NSS Head Office under the supervision of the Executive Director, Alhaji Imoro.

The accused was said to have instructed that the names be added to the payment vouchers of all districts in which service personnel were at post.

The payment vouchers were then distributed to the regional service scheme directors   for onward distribution to the district directors.

Alhaji Imoro was alleged to have instructed the district directors to send the allowances of non-existing personnel to him through the regional directors, after the allowances of genuine personnel had been paid.

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