Former Deputy National Security Coordinator, Dagbunwura Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, has expressed his gratitude to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Damongo Constituency and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Abu Jinapor, for his role in securing his release from prison.
Chief Osman thanked MP Abu Jinapor for his efforts in ensuring he received a presidential pardon several months ago.
Chief Alhaji Osman conveyed his appreciation during a visit to the palace of the Paramount Chief of the Buipe Traditional Area, Buipewura Abdulai Abdulai Jinapor (II), who is the father of the Damongo MP.
The purpose of the visit was to extend Chief Osman’s thanks to his son, Abu Jinapor.
Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna, a former Minister for Agriculture, spoke on behalf of Chief Alhaji Osman Mimina during the visit.
He explained that Chief Osman had been imprisoned for about five years due to an issue involving the National Communication Authority (NCA) that required a presidential pardon.
Alhaji Limuna expressed gratitude to Abu Jinapor for his unwavering support and commitment to Chief Osman’s release. He noted that when the issue arose, Abu Jinapor took immediate action and worked tirelessly until Chief Osman was granted a presidential pardon.
The visit to Buipewura’s palace aimed to convey Abu Jinapor’s greetings and appreciation for the favor he had done for Chief Alhaji Osman.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in consultation with the Council of State, granted a presidential pardon to Chief Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman in response to a petition from the Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area. The petition requested his release from prison custody based on good behavior and ill-health.
Chief Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman had been sentenced to a five-year jail term in 2020 for willfully causing financial loss to the state in the National Communications Authority (NCA) scandal.
This scandal involved the misappropriation of funds in the purchase of surveillance equipment for the National Security Council Secretariat.
Three former NCA board members, including Chief Alhaji Osman, were found guilty of various charges, including causing financial loss to the state and violating the Public Procurement Act.
The court ordered the seizure of their properties to recover the three million dollars in financial loss incurred by the state.