SSNIT OBS CONTRACT: Former SSNIT DG and Four Others Pleads not Guilty to 29 CHARGES

Former Director-General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust, Ernest Thompson, together with four others who have been charged with causing financial loss to the state and defrauding by false pretenses, in the award of a $72million Operating Business Suite (OBS) contract, have all pleaded not guilty to all twenty nine counts as captured on the charge sheet filed in court by the Attorney General.

The court today read all twenty nine charges to the five accused persons and their plea of not guilty were taken accordingly. The Attorney General subsequently read the facts of the case to the court.

The four other accused persons are former Head of the SSNIT Imformation Technology (IT) Department, Caleb Kwaku Afaglo; former OBS project manager; John Hagan Mensah and Juliet Hasana Kramah, Managing Proprietor of Perfect Business Systems and Peter Hayibor. Legal representation for all five accused persons took turns to apply for bail for their clients. There was no opposition from the Prosecution, the court granted all five self recognisance bail and adjourned hearing to the 17th of October 2018. The long adjournment day was because the 2017/2018 legal year ends in a matter of six days.