All four accused persons in the Northern Development Authority (NDA) case have pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption before the High Court sitting in Tamale on Tuesday, January 31.
They have been granted GHS500,000 bail each. They are also barred from traveling outside the country.
The case has been adjourned to 28 February 2023 for Case Management Conference.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) charged Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman , Mr Stephen Yir-eru Engmen , Mr Patrick Seidu, the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive (Operations) and Deputy Chief Executive (Finance and Administration) respectively, of the Northern Development Authority and the Chief Executives of A&QS Consortium Limited Mr Andrew Kuundaari for conspiracy to, directly and indirectly, influence the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of a procurement contract.
The High Court sitting in Tamale will hear the case of the four persons charged with corruption by the OSP from its investigations into activities of the Northern Development Authority this morning. This will be the first court appearance for RAHMAN, ENGMEN, SEIDU & KUUNAARI
— Office of the Special Prosecutor-Ghana (@ospghana) January 31, 2023
Mr Sumaila Abdul-Rahman , Mr Stephen Yir-eru Engmen , Mr Patrick Seidu and Mr Andrew Kuundaari have been charged with a further count each of directly and indirectly influencing the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of a procurement contract while Mr Stephen Yir-eru Engmen has been charged with a further two counts of the same offense.
The four persons were arraigned before the High Court Criminal Division, Tamale on Tuesday 31st January 2023.
This followed the OSP’s publication of its Corruption Report on its investigation into the activities of the Northern Development Authority, pursuant to Reg. 31 (1) (g) of L.I. 2374.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana