The Investigator inside the National Communication Authority (NCA) trial on Thursday admitted that the Pegasus gadget purchased was acquired but the software program that might have made it operational changed into taken away by means of the Israeli company after installation.

Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah said the Israeli corporation took the software away due to the fact the system had now not been paid for.

Chief Inspector Nkrumah turned into answering questions from Mr. Randolph Twumasi Ankrah, Counsel for George Derek Oppong at an Accra High Court (Commercial Division).

Eugene Baffour Bonnie former NCA Board Chairman, Matthew William Tetteh Tevie, Nana Ensaw, a former NCA Board member, Alhaji Osman Mimina former Deputy National Security Coordinator, George Derick Oppong, Managing Director of Infraclock Limited (IDL) are being held for wilfully causing monetary loss to the state.

 

They are in court docket over the purchase of a Pegasus system at a value of 8 million dollars that’s presently no longer functioning. All the accused men and women have denied the charges and are currently on bail.

The Investigator admitted that the Pegasus turned into set up at Alhaji Baba Kamara, former National Security Coordinator’s residence however stated that the gadget changed into now not used for the advantage of the nation.

According to the investigator, the system turned into used privately subsequently in his replica docket to the Attorney General Office he stated that announcement in the docket.

Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah, however, told the court docket presided over by way of Mr. Justice Eric Kyei Baffour that he couldn’t tell who used it privately. When provided IDL’s Ecobank Account as at May 6, 2016, the investigator instructed the court docket that IDL had GHC2,578,281.00 in its account.

The Investigator denied that during his investigations he asked Oppong how IDL changed into going to pay for the Pegasus Machine.

He similarly denied that Oppong informed him that IDL had invested portions of the money paid by the NCA in agencies of the IDL including that there was an indication that a part of the money was invested.

Question: Two Million dollars has been invested in IDL commercial enterprise, that changed into what Oppong informed you.

Answer: Yes, it’s far accurate.

Question: It turned into out of the amount that IDL re-stressed 1,000,000 greenbacks to NCA?

Answer: No, my Lord.

The Investigator said he became now not conscious that Oppong was selected by NSO, an Israeli agency to be a reseller of the Pegasus gadget in Ghana. Chief Inspector Nkrumah admitted that Oppong mentioned to him that he (Oppong) got to understand that NCA desired to purchase a Pegasus system thru one Peninah Yar Yeh.

Question: Per the file on your hand, how lots became NCA to pay IDL.

Answer: NCA turned into to pay eight million greenbacks.

Question: As at today, NCA paid IDL best four million greenbacks?

Answer: That is accurate but that money turned into to be transferred to NSO, the Israeli firm.

Hearing continues

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