Mahama, Julius Debrah dragged to special prosecutor over GHc40 cash

Mahama, Julius Debrah dragged to special prosecutor over GHc40 cash

- Martin Amidu petitoned to investigate John Mahama and Julius Debrah

- According to the petitioners, the former president and his then chief of staff have alleged transfer of over GHC40 million from the BOST account to their personal accounts

A group calling itself the Centre for National Affairs has sent a petition to the Special Prosecutor to have former president John Dramani Mahama and his then-Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah investigated.

The group is accusing the two of transferring over GHc40 million from Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was in government.

In their petition, the Center said over GHc40 million was transferred from BOST to the presidency between August 2015 and early January 2017.

Mahama, Julius Debrah dragged to special prosecutor over GHc40 cash

Former president John Dramani Mahama

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“…letters covering the transfer suggests the transfer of funds is in respect of monies accrued from the security fees taken from Bulk Oil Distribution Companies (BDCs) invoices to effect payment on cost of petroleum products supplied by GOIL,” sections of the letter read.

The petitioners have, therefore, called on the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to investigate and possibly prosecute Mahama and Julius Debrah if found guilty.

“We wish to stand on provisions in the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), Section 3(1a and 1b), which empowers your office to investigate and prosecute alleged or suspected corruption and corruption-related offences under the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and any other relevant law involving public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector to call on your office to initiate an investigation into the said account.”

Executive Director for the Centre, Samuel Odame Lartey, said they only want to know what purpose the transferred amount was used for.

“Some GHc40.5 million was transferred into that particular account. Now what we want to do is try and understand why these amounts were transferred into this particular account and what the monies were used for,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

Mahama, Julius Debrah dragged to special prosecutor over GHc40 cash

Former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.

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I believe there should be more clarification and some documentation provided on these things to let Ghanaians know that indeed the monies that were entrusted to our politicians are used to serve the people.”

This is the latest in a series of alleged scandals that have hit BOST in recent years. Early this year, it emerged that about 600,000 litres of the company’s contaminated fuel has disappeared.

Also, MP for Bongo Constituency and a member of the opposition NDC, Edward Bawa, recently petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to investigate what he calls the unlawful payment of some $3 million to Springfield Energy by top managers of the

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