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Haruna Iddrisu allegedly involved in taking bribe from a South Africa business

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A prominent news portal in South Africa, News24, has released a report alleging that an indigenous company involved in projects in Ghana paid bribes to high-ranking politicians.

Specifically, the report implicates Tamale South Member of Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, who is alleged to have received bribes exceeding US$2.5 million (47 million rands).

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The investigative report by News24 focuses on the activities of siblings Rushil and Nishani Singh, who operated the Ghana Infrastructure Company (GIC) from 2017 to 2022.

Segments of the report detail how various sums of money were transferred to Haruna through intermediaries and, in some instances, provided financial backing for projects associated with him.

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“Between 2015 and 2020, Nishani Singh used several methods to pay Idrissu directly, or to others at his request or for his benefit, at least R47 million.

“The majority of the money was paid directly from GIC’s account to various suppliers, or to GIC’s director in Ghana, Asumah Dokurugu,” the report said adding that the amount was exclusive of “amounts paid for several overseas trips to London and at least one trip to Indonesia and South Africa.”

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The report also referenced a former MP for Ejisu, although it did not delve into specifics regarding how he gained from the alleged bribes.

Kwabena Owusu Aduomi’s connection was primarily associated with certain road subcontracts awarded to GIC.

“Aduomi is not a signatory to the contracts but in his capacity as deputy roads minister, he was in charge of the departments responsible for the administration of the bids — most of the deals were awarded on a sole source basis.

“But it appears that Haruna was their main go-to person to secure contracts in the Ashanti Region, from where Aduomi hails, and in Tamale, Haruna’s constituency,” the report added.

GhanaWeb is endeavoring to obtain a response to the allegation from the Tamale South lawmaker, who formerly served as Minority Leader in Parliament.

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