President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has written to the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery, to release the former Deputy National Security Coordinator, Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, from custody.
This is in response to a plea that Kpembewura Haruna Dari Bismark Banbange Ndefoso I, the Paramount Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area, filed with the Office of the President.
On the grounds of poor health and good behavior, Alhaji Mimina Osman is deserving of a presidential pardon, claims the plea dated Wednesday, July 26.
According to a response provided by the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, President Akufo-Addo has exercised his prerogative of mercy in favor of the Deputy National Security Coordinator during the John Mahama administration and granted him mercy by Article 72(1)(a) of the 1992 Constitution after consulting with the Council of State.
The response instructed the Interior Minister to “please take the necessary steps to give immediate effect to the presidential pardon.”
Alhaji Mimina Osman was one of three people who were convicted of 14 various crimes, including causing the state financial harm and violating the Public Procurement Act when buying surveillance equipment for the National Security Council Secretariat.
Alhaji Mimina Osman, a son of Kpembe, received a five-year prison sentence in 2020 along with Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie and William Tetteh-Tevie, two other board members of the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The Accra High Court sentenced the three to a combined 16 years in prison with hard labor.