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General News of Saturday, 27 May 2017


EOCO to review documents presented by anti-corruption protestors

The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) has said it will review the over 300 documents allegedly containing evidence of embezzlement to the sum of $1.2 billion presented to it by some demonstrating Ghanaians yesterday.

The demonstrating which was organised by Accra-based Adom FM was to put pressure on the government to punish corrupt officials and retrieve monies supposedly stolen by some public servants in the Mahama government.

Announcing the outcome of presentation to the charged crowd outside the premises of EOCO, the organisers revealed that Officials of EOCO have promised to review the over 300 documents within a week.

The officials also hinted of immediate arrest and prosecution of any official found guilty of the allegations levelled against them. Some of the protestors, however, indicated their distrust of EOCO during their protest.

The Mahama government was accused of condoning corrupt acts which critics said strained the public purse.

Notably, the past government was accused by some circles of shielding businessman, Alfred Woyome, who was paid GHc 51 million after he allegedly claimed that he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for the 2008 African Nations Cup.

However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010, said the amount was paid illegally to Mr. Woyome, known to be a National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier.

The criticism in the Woyome judgment debt scandal hit a crescendo when the then-Attorney General’s Department filed a notice at the Supreme Court to discontinue the case it filed against Mr. Woyome, where he set to be orally examined on the matter.

The Mahama administration also had to contend with the stain of scandals within National Service Secretariat (NSS), Judiciary, Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), the Youth Employment Agency and the Transport Ministry via the GHc 3.6 million Smarttys Bus Branding saga.

More recently, former National Communication Authority (NCA) officials are under investigation for allegedly withdrawing $4 million from the accounts of the NCA and failing to account for it.