- An Accra High Court has ordered EOCO to unfreeze the bank accounts of former COCOBOD CEO, Dr Opuni
- Dr Opuni is under investigations for willfully causing financial loss to the state
An Accra High Court on Monday, April 23, 2018 ordered the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), to de-freeze all bank accounts of the former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Kwbena Opuni.
According a document sighted by YEN.com.gh, the court says the accounts in question include bank accounts with Standard Charted Bank and Ecobank.
The court gave the order after hearing the arguments from lawyers of Opuni.
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Dr Opuni’s accounts have been frozen for over a year by EOCO as investigations into his financial malfeasance for the three years he headed COCOBOD goes on.
But, the trial judge, Georgina Mensah-Datsa directed that Dr Opuni’s Standard Charted Bank account and Ecobank Account should be defrozen forthwith.
The Attorney General last month commenced criminal proceedings against the Dr Opuni and Chief Executive Officer of Zeera Group of Companies, Alhaji Seidu Agongo on 27 charges including wilfully causing financial loss to the state in a fertilizer contract worth over GH¢43 million.
Dr. Opuni who was on a 75,000-cedi salary faces is also facing money laundering and bribery charges. He has denied all charges.
Dr. Opuni currently has another application before the court, seeking to be granted copies of documents prosecutors will rely on to prove their case against him.
He argues that this is necessary to present a factual defence.
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