EOCO detains the Vice Chancellor and 5 other officers of the University of Education, Winneba

EOCO detains the Vice Chancellor and 5 other officers of the University of Education, Winneba

- Professor Avoke and 5 other officials have been accused of breaching the procurement laws of Ghana

- Other university officials were interrogated in the course of investigations by EOCO; they were however cleared of any charges

- In a related case, professor Avoke and the director of Finance, Dr. Akorli, have been asked to step aside, pending the determination of a matter in court

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The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), has held in custody, the Vice Chancellor and five other officials of the University of Education, Winneba.

EOCO detains the Vice Chancellor and 5 other officers of the University of Education, Winneba

Professor Mawutor Avoke

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The accused persons are the Vice Chancellor, professor Mawutor Avoke, Finance Director, Dr. Akorli as well as his deputy, Frank Owusu.

The rest are the Internal Auditor, Sena Darkeh, the Procurement Officer, Mary Adzime and the Deputy Director of Works and Physical Development, one Tetteh.

Information obtained from www.3news.com shows that the university administrators have been charged with breaching the procurement laws of Ghana.

The Vice Chancellor and the five other officials resisted arrest when EOCO officials went to the campus on Monday 30th October 2017.

They also declined to write statements without the presence of their legal representatives.

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They were therefore asked to report to the EOCO office on Tuesday 31st October 2017, with their lawyers present.

Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that the six officials are currently being detained and are likely to be arrested soon.

EOCO detains the Vice Chancellor and 5 other officers of the University of Education, Winneba

“As at now (3:19pm on 31st October 2017), all calls to them are not being answered, so we don’t know what EOCO is doing to them,” a university official who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed.

The source added that some officers of the university were interrogated and some documents were taken away.

The unnamed official added that the interviewed persons were later cleared of all charges.

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It was further revealed that the Pro-Vice Chancellor, professor Afful-Broni and the Chairman of the University Council, professor Abeka are those behind the plot to remove the affected persons from office.

It is further alleged that “some few individual political actors in the constituency are manipulating EOCO to satisfy their interest”.

The six officers have been subjects of investigations by the EOCO for about a month now.

The matter, it is alleged, is as a result of a suit filed at the Winneba High Court, against professor Avoke and professor Abeka.

The court has since ordered Prof. Avoke and Dr. Akorli to step aside until the case brought by one Supi Kofi Kwayera, a resident of Winneba, is determined.

The complainant accused the two officials of staying in office despite the fact that the mandate of the university’s council expired in November 2013.

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The ministry of Education however permitted an extension of their mandate in contrast with the position of the plaintiff.

Supi Kofi Kwayera argued that it was illegal for the council to continue acting same, hence his decision to contest it in court.

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) branch of UEW has since challenged the matter at the Supreme Court.

The UTAG, has, with a certiorari, called for the quashing of the High Court’s decision to ask the affected officials to step aside.

This, they claim, is based on the grounds that the complainant, Supi Kwayera, has no locus standi in the matter.

The latest action by EOCO thus comes ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter next week.

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