NSS Boss Remanded Again

Alhaji Alhassan ImoroAlhaji Alhassan Imoro, the interdicted Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS) has been remanded in the custody of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) by an Accra Fast Track High Court.

This is the third time, after the two were denied him by an Accra Circuit Court presided over by Mr Francis Obiri.

His continued remand until November 17, is to allow the police to conduct further investigations into his alleged stealing of GH¢86.9 million belonging to the state.

At the last date, the Circuit Court trying the case set yesterday, November 3, to rule on the bail application put in by his defence team.

But when the case was called yesterday, the Prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Abraham Annor, showed the court a letter indicating that the Attorney-General had directed its transfer to the High Court on grounds of jurisdiction and the amount of money involved.

Consequently, the presiding judge, Mr. Obiri, struck out the case, for want of prosecution.

At the High Court, Ms. Cynthia Lamptey, a Principal State Attorney prayed the court to remand the accused until such time he could not interfere with the on-going investigations.

She said though the offence was bailable, its magnitude required that the prosecution spent time to conduct thorough investigations into it.

“My Lord, let me crave your indulgence to remand the accused in custody for four weeks. It is a nationwide issue and we are still conducting investigations. We are praying that your Lordship keeps him in custody until such time he cannot interfere with the process,” she submitted.

Reacting to the submission Dennis Adjei, who held brief for Mr. Yoni Kulendi, counsel for the accused, questioned the motive for asking the court to detain the accused.

“It is amazing when the republic uses the court to violate the rights of its citizens”, he said and prayed the court to free the accused, if the state was not interested in the matter.

Mrs. Justice Georgina Mensah Datche, in her ruling, cited a number of factors, including the fact that it was a bailable offence, the human rights of the accused, the amount of money involved and the interest of the state.

She, however, asked the prosecution to make steady progress in its investigations to ensure an expeditious trial and also asked the investigators to allow his lawyers to have access to him.

The facts of the case were, the BNI in July 2014 from its nationwide investigations into the operations of the NSS as regards the payment of monthly allowances to service personnel, discovered, from September, 2013 to July 2014, GH¢7.9 million was paid monthly totalling GH¢86.9 million to 22612 non-existent (ghost) service personnel.

It emerged that the “ghost” names were generated at the NSS Headquarters under the instructions of Alhaji Imoro.

By Malik Sullemana       

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