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General News of Tuesday, 16 January 2018


EOCO to complete probe against Deputy EC Chair in 14 days

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has been given 14 days to provide the embattled Deputy Chair of the Electoral Commission (EC), Georgina Opoku Amankwaah, with findings of investigations into allegations of financial impropriety made against her.

The 14-day ultimatum was agreed upon after a dramatic show of force a but failed attempt by EOCO to forcibly remove Mrs Opoku Amankwaah from her office on Monday.

Mrs Opoku Amankwaah had been interdicted by the EOCO for and reported to work, Monday.

She was directed by EOCO to proceed on leave in July 2017 to enable investigations into her alleged involvement in a GH?480,000 that had gone missing from the EC’s Senior Staff Endowment Fund.

She initially agreed to comply but after seven months on leave, she decided to go back to work challenging EOCO’s authority.

Reports indicate that when she arrived at her office around 11 am on Monday, three officials from EOCO arrived at the office shortly to inform her that she was wanted at the head office of EOCO.

Mrs Opoku Amankwah said at a press conference that she was later informed that if she could not be present at the EOCO head office on Monday, she could arrange to do that on Wednesday, January 17.

However, in the middle of her address to the media, heavily armed police officers from the Rapid Response Unit stormed her office in what was believed to be an attempt to remove her from her office.

But with the support of Mrs Opoku Amankwaah’s legal counsel, Nana Boakye Adu-Poku, the armed police officers and the EOCO officials were unable to carry out their objective.

A closed-door meeting followed the brief chaos, after which the media were informed about the 14-day ultimatum agreement.

Within the 14 days, Mrs Opoku Amankwaah had agreed to stay away from her office, according to Mr Adu-Poku.