Accused persons in the GH¢10.4 million NDA case granted bail

A High Court in Tamale has granted the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Development Authority (NDA), Mr. Sumaila Abdul Rahaman and three others a GH¢2 million bail term each with three sureties to be justified with landed properties.

In addition, they are to deposit their passports with the court.

The first accused person, Sumaila Abdul Rahman has been stopped from traveling out of Ghana till the determination of the case.

The three others are two former Deputy CEOs of NDA, Stephen Yir-eru Engmen and Patrick Seidu as well as the Chief Executive of A & QS Consortium Limited, Andrew Kuundaari.

The court presided over by Justice Eric Ansah Ankomah granted all the four bail after they pleaded not guilty to the charge of procurement breaches in the award of a contract, amounting to GH¢10.4 million.

The four persons were charged with six counts which includes a joint count of conspiracy to commit the criminal offence of directly or indirectly influencing the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of a procurement deal.

In court on Tuesday, the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

However, the trial judge, Justice Eric Ansah Ankomah granted bail application by counsel for the accused persons and ordered the accused persons to deposit their traveling passports at the court registry.

The court further directed the accused persons to justify their bail conditions by providing documents of landed properties worth GH¢500,000 at the registry with an undertaking that those properties are free from challenges.

Prosecution led by the Deputy Special Prosecutor, DSP Cynthia Lamptey, did not oppose to the bail application.

The matter was therefore adjourned to 28th February, 2023, for the case management conference.

Addressing Journalists after Tuesday’s proceedings, Counsel for the second and third accused persons, Lawyer Joseph Dindok Kpemka said the atmosphere was very friendly and all is set for the pre-trial case management on the adjourned date. 

“As you’re very much aware there were six charges levelled against the four accused persons and when the charges were read in open court, all of them pleaded not guilty. So everything has fallen into issue for trial to determine their guilt or otherwise.”

Conflict of interest

On the other hand, in his response to a question on concerns of him representing some of the accused persons as former Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice who supervised the passage of the bill for the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Lawyer Kpemka noted there was nothing wrong with that since he is not holding any public office presently.

“While in office as Deputy Attorney General, I presided over the passage of this particular act in Parliament, I was given the opportunity by my Boss but remember that I was at that time performing my function as Deputy Attorney General, today I am a private lawyer, I am not working in any government office and so I am representing my client” he explained.


The Office of Special Prosecutor in June 2022 commenced investigations into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of the award of a consultancy services contract by Northern Development Authority to A&QSs Consortium.

The matter came into limelight after it emerged that the immediate past Ag Chief Executive Officer of the NDA, Dr Alhassan Sulemana Anamzooya wrote to the office of the President complaining about his signature being forged at NDA to inflate a contract he had signed whilst in office at an amount GH¢5,720,000.

Private Legal Practitioner, Mr. Martin Kpebu however petitioned the OSP to carry out investigations into the operations of the NDA and the actions of its Chief Executive and Board Chairman.