Major General Sampson Adeti, Chief of Staff, General headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces in Burma Camp, has been indicted for allegedly appropriating a Nissan twin-cab pickup truck originally donated to the Southern Command of the Ghana Army by the Bank of Ghana.
Following the initial publication of this story by the Daily Guide Daybreak newspapers on June 10th, 16th and June 14th, 16th respectively, the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General RK Opoku Adusei, order a summery investigation into the alleged misconduct of the army official.
According to the report - of which the Daily Guide has a copy - the high ranking army officer was found guilty of misconduct in allegedly hiding the vehicle from his superiors with the intent to 'pocket' the vehicle.
Although despite the tarnishing report, Major General Adeti, then Brigadier General, was promoted to the rank of Major General by former President John Dramani Mahama, while the COAS who originally commissioned the investigation retired from the Military.
The senior investigating officer who carried out the investigation, Brig RY Odoi, was also sent to the United States on an official attachment at the Ghana Mission.
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Following the investigations, report and subsequent recommendations of the sole investigator, the COAS endorsed the findings and recommendations.
“The fact that he drove the vehicle straight from the Bank of Ghana to his Juba Villas residence without informing neither HQ Southern Command nor Army HQ using his residential number, personal phone and e-mail address to complete the transfer of ownership and changing the colour of the vehicle from white to dark grey were all indicative of his intention to usurp the vehicle,” the COAS observed in the report.
Brig Adeti as a senior officer and GOC at the time, ought to have known this procedure (receiving donations to the military) and complied with it. When questioned as to why he didn’t do so, he replied that he was aware of the procedure but did not think it was necessary to do so in respect of the donation of the pickup.
For unexplained reasons, all correspondences and documents pertaining to the request, approval and donation of Nissan Pickup reg no GN 4240 15 to HQ S/C have been removed or vanished from all files at HQ S/Comd and do not exist on any file or office in GAF. This case of missing documents is contrary to Section 250 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 and Section 54 (a) of the Ghana Armed Forces Act 1962 (Act 105).”
It was also noted that Major General Adeti deliberately left no trace of his correspondence and documentation between his office and that of the Bank of Ghana regarding the donation of the Nissan Hardbody pickup truck bearing the registration number registered GN 4240-15.
The investigative report recommended that General Adeti undergo disciplinary action for the dishonest appropriation of the said vehicle, which goes against Section 52 of the Ghana Armed Forces Act, 1962 (Act 105). According to the report, the misconducted also constituted a breach of trust in respect to his superior position in the army, contrary to Section 54 (a) of the Ghana Armed Forces Act, 1962 (Act 105).
Major General Adeti, on his part, in an engagement with the Daily Guide which took place at the army official's office, alleged that the vehicle was his, saying it was given to him by the Bank of Ghana for his invaluable service. A claim that was denied by the Governor of the Bank of Ghana.
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Major General Adeti also responded to the allegations leveled against him, and summed up the entire issue as an attempt by the Daily Guide to discredit him.
“The investigations ostensibly, following the Daily Guide publications, are part of the ‘grand design’ especially over the last few months, to malign and discredit me. There is also a strong suspicion, as indicated by the Daily Guide reporter whom most people know consider ‘bounty hunters’ and would publish anything to discredit people, that the initial allegation was leveled by GOC Southern Command. His motives for doing so must be examined especially in the face of several military issues and concerns being put in the domain of social media”.
At the height of the controversy, Major General Adeti finally handed over the vehicle in question to the Provost Marshal on June 18th, 2016, saying that he did so of his own volition.
“The act or conduct of Brig Gen SK Adeti in declining to disclose or surrender the said vehicle at the time it was donated, but rather to decide to do so on 18 June, 16 after publications in the press on 10 and 14 June, 16 respectively and after the Army HQ Convening Order for a Summary Investigation on 17 June, 16; is prejudicial to good order and discipline contrary to Section 54 of the Ghana Armed Forces Act 1962 (Act 105).” the report further stated.