Opuni pleads not guilty of 27 charges of fraud, granted bail

Opuni pleads not guilty of 27 charges of fraud, granted bail

- Dr. Opuni has been granted bail at a tune of 300,000 cedis

- The former CEO of COCOBOD has pleaded not guilty to all 27 charges

- Several officials from the NDC joined Opuni at the courts

Powerful government officials under the Mahama administration and former CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr. Stephen Opuni has made his first appearance at the Criminal High Court after he was slapped with 27 charges of causing financial loss to the state.

It was a dramatic scene at the Court Complex as tens of top executives from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) including the general secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, threw their support behind the embattled ex-Cocobod CEO.

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Joy FM had earlier reported of how the opposition NDC had bussed tens of supporters to the forecourts of the Court Complex to solidarize with Opuni.

So far, the Criminal Court has slapped Opuni with a bail worth 300,000 cedis. He is expected to drop his passport at the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) and also report to the department whenever he is about traveling outside the country.

Meanwhile, Dr. Stephen Opuni and businessman Seidu Agongo have pleaded not guilty to all 27 charges brought against them.

The representatives of Agricult Limited, the company owned by Seidu Agongo, also pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

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Former COCOBOD boss, Dr. Opuni; CEO of Zeera Group of Companies, Seidu Agongo and Agricult Ghana, which also belongs to Mr. Agongo are cumulatively facing some 27 charges, including causing financial loss to the state, abetment of crime and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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