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General News of Monday, 15 January 2018


Interdicted Deputy EC boss gives EOCO 14 days to conclude probe

Interdicted Deputy Electoral Commissioner Georgina Opoku Amankwaah has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to conclude ongoing investigations of her alleged financial impropriety or she will return to work.

She maintained it is only president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who can ask her to proceed on leave and not EOCO or her boss, Charlotte Osei.

Meeting EOCO officials after she reported to work Monday, Mrs Amankwaah said she will resume duties if the investigation was not brought to a close within the stated days.

There was drama at the premises of the Electoral Commission (EC) when the Deputy EC boss in charge of Corporate Services went to work after being on interdiction for seven months.

EOCO was investigating her over allegations of fraudulent transactions at the Commission, allegations she has dismissed.

Mrs Amankwaah, her boss Mrs Osei and Deputy EC boss in charge of Operations Amadu Sulley are currently before a committee set up by the Chief Justice to probe mixed of allegations financial impropriety at the Commission.

Joy News’ Latif Iddrisu who was at the EC office reported two EOCO officials walked into the office of the returnee Deputy Commissioner to drive her out but resisted it.

With a combined team of EOCO and police officials present to stop her from working, Mrs Amankwaa locked herself in the office with a promise to leave only after 5:00 pm which is supposed to be the closing time.

She also threatened to break the door Tuesday morning if her office was locked by the anti-graft agencies.

After a brief meeting with the EOCO boss, Mrs Amankwaah agreed she will stay away from the office over the next 14 days, warning she will return after the grace no matter what.

Lawyer for the Deputy EC boss, Nana Boakye Adu-Opoku said although the organization has no right to ask his client to go home over the probe, they decided to “obliged them that 14 days.”

“We are waiting for the day,” he said, his client will start work as agreed upon.

But private legal practitioner Samson Lardy Anyenini said the embattled Deputy EC had “absolutely no business to obey [EOCO] orders.”

He told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Top Story, the organisation does not have the power to stop Mrs Amankwaah from coming to work.

“EOCO generally has the powers of the police…so if a crime is suspected, EOCO can arrest you and you will go through the various processes,” Mr Anyenini said.

Per the information available on the matter, the host of Joy FM/MultiTV’s Newsfile has advised the Deputy EC boss to “head to the human rights court and assert their right or seek clear orders.”