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General News of Thursday, 18 January 2018


NCA board didn’t approve IDL contract – First Prosecution witness

The first witness of the State in the case involving former board chairman of the National Communication Authority, Eugene Baffoe Bonnie and four others, Abena Asafo Adjei, today told the Commercial High Court that the NCA board never discussed nor approved any contract in any of its meetings.

Giving her evidence on the second day of the on going trial in Justice Eric Kyei Baffour’s Court, the witness was handed three sets of documents being the 135th to 137th minutes of the NCA Board by the Director meeting. The Director of Public Prosecution, Yvonne Atakorah Buabisa requested of the witness to peruse and tell the court which of the accused persons were present at the meeting.

The Court accepted all three documents after defense Lawyers raised no objections to it. The witness proceeded to tell the court that the 135th meeting minutes shows that the first four accused persons were all present at the meeting Namely (Eugene, Tevie,Nana Ensaw and Alhaji Mimina). For 136th meeting, 1st accused, 2nd and third, namely ( Eugene, Tevie,Nana Ensaw) we’re present. For 137th meeting,1st accused, 2nd and 3rd were present

After perusing the three documents on the request of the DPP, the witness told the court that no mention of such contract came up during any of the three board meetings.

At the last hearing, the Director of Legal Administration at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Abena Awarkoa Asafo Adjei, today told the Commercial Court hearing the case of The Republic v. Eugene Baffoe Bonnie and four others that she was never privy to contract documents covering the Procurement agreement between the NCA and Infralocks Development Limited (IDL) .

Mrs. Asafo Adjei made the disclosure when she was called as the first prosecution witness of the State in the trial of the five accused persons charges with willfully causing financial loss to the State.

Accused Persons

The Accused persons in the case are the former Board Chairman of the NCA, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, former Director General of the NCA, William Matthew Tetteh Tevie, the, Nana Owusu Ensaw and Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman,both former members of the Governing Board of the NCA and a private businessman, George Derek Oppong.

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