- EOCO has begun to investigate the GRA over dud checks
- Members of the public have wondered why import duty regulations were relaxed for Mr. Mahama.
- Mr. Mahama has been asked to repay the state the sum of GHC 13.7 million for import debts
The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), Ghana’s foremost financial investigative body, has focused its attention on the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in an attempt to get to the bottom of the Import duties scandal involving businessman Mr. Ibrahim Mahama.
Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, brother of former president John Dramani Mahama, had made several visits to EOCO’s offices over the last week regarding alleged dud checks he issued in 2015 in order to clear heavy machinery from the Tema Harbor.
By the end of last week, the anti-graft body has since demanded that Mr. Mahama – who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Engineers and Planners – to pay the sum of GHC 12.7 million in order to satisfy the debt owed to the state.
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Since the story when public many members of the public have wondered why import regulations governing duty payment procedures were neglected in the case of Mr. Ibrahim Mahama.
In the absence of a definitive update from EOCO, one can only surmise that the anti-fraud investigative body seeks to questions officers of the GRA regarding why normal procedure was bypassed, and why it has taken this long to recover the debt owed to the state.
Last week’s interrogations were not the first encounters Mr. Ibrahim Mahama has had with EOCO. Earlier this years, the former president’s brother, along with Mr. Aliseidu, were hauled before EOCO in order to answer for “activities” regarding for COCOBOD boss, Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni.