- The state has filed a case of causing financial loss against Dr Stephen Kwabena Opuni, a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana COCOBOD
- He is alleged to have mismanaged the cocoa sector during his tenure
- Dr Opuni was relieved of his post on January 12, 2017
Former CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is currently a hot man following several cases of financial malfeasance filed against him in court.
Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni has been dragged to court by the state on allegations of causing financial loss to the sum of Ghc 75, 289, 314.72.
Intriguingly, a total of 27 charges have been leveled against the ex-COCOBOD CEO, with two others also finding themselves in the same position.
The two – Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Limited – were charged for their roles in causing financial loss to the state.
Some of the charges leveled against Dr. Opuni include; money laundering, violation of procurement laws and defrauding by false pretenses.
"Mr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni between November 2014 and November 2015 in Accra in the Greater Accra Region, abeted Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana Limited to defraud Ghana COCOBOD of the sum of Ghc 75, 289, 314.72,” sections of the suit filed by the state read.
"Stephen Kwabena Opuni on the 10th of October 2014 in Accra, agreed to permit your conduct as the Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD to be influenced with an amount of Twenty Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (Ghc25,000) from Seidu Agongo.”
Read the full 27 charges leveled against the former COCOBOD CEO below:
Meanwhile, the NDC National Organiser, Kofi Adams has described the prosecution as “witch hunting” and “selective justice.”
He opined that the NPP government is only causing disaffection for the NDC.
“What has government done about numerous corruption and acts of corruption reported sometimes by its own members against itself since January 2017, meanwhile they will be spending resources, wasting everybody’s time looking for non-existing evidence in an attempt to paint the previous administration bad. We can’t sit aloof and say that they are prosecuting, when it is clear that they are engaging in selective injustice,” he said.
The Ashanti Regional branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) earlier described the prosecution as witch-hunting, adding that it is “appalled by what it calls government’s “exceptional determination to destroy the reputation of a man who has labored to transform the cocoa sector in Ghana.”
It however, said it was optimistic that Dr. Opuni will be exonerated “knowing his meticulousness and genuine commitment to the development of Ghana.”
Also, MP for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, George Mireku Duker has urged politicians not to make unsavory comments that will undermine the case.
Mr. Mireku Duker however, urged the NDC members to allow the laws of the land work without interference.
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