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Editorial News of Sunday, 24 April 2022

Source: Today Newspaper

Today Newspaper Editorial: The 'Whistleblower Lie' (Part 1)

GN Bank had around 300 branches before it was shutdown GN Bank had around 300 branches before it was shutdown

On 8th February 2019, the man who the Bank of Ghana called the “Whistleblower” (name and identity withheld for now) wrote a letter to the Governor of the central bank with reference to the letter he wrote to him dated 24th September 2018.

In that letter, the writer indicated that his actions had been “misinterpreted”. Therefore, he was writing to withdraw the letter accusing GN Bank and Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom of illegal treasury activities.

Our readers will recall that one of the most stinging and hurtful allegations made by the Bank of Ghana in revoking the license of GN Savings was that the company had illegally and without appropriate documentation transferred millions of depositors’ funds to an affiliate in the USA thus engaging in money laundering.

This allegation had been repeated over and over by Central Bank officials, government personnel, party officers and communicators.

It will be recalled that this same allegation is what was seized upon by a Ghanaian lawyer based in the USA who was aided by some Ghanaian public officials (news story under development), to harass Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom.

It is worthy of note that on November 23, 2021, USA District Judge Thomas M. Durkin dismissed in its entirety a lawsuit filed against Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom, his wife and children, directors and management members of one of his American companies. The complaint was filed by the Birim Group a California Limited Liability Company whose sole member is a Ghanaian born lawyer, Kwasi Asiedu. The dismissal was definitive.
The basis for the complaint or lawsuit was the acquisition of a claim made by one Mavis Amanpene-Sekyere and another about an alleged inability by one Groupe Nduom company to honour her request for the redemption of an investment she made with the company.
The lawsuit filed in the USA alleged money laundering and fraud citing $63 million dollars supposedly transferred illegally to the USA. The lawsuit got the attention of the Bank of Ghana Governor Ernest Addison who called it a “vindication”. So damaging were these allegations that Groupe Nduom and its companies have suffered huge and unprecedented financial losses and unimaginable damages to their credibility the world over.

It is instructive to note that the person who led the so-called whistleblower to the Governor of the Bank of Ghana is an APSUNIAN, just like Dr. Nduom and used to work at the central bank. That man acted in the vein of Ghanaian folklore that the insect that will bite you comes from your own cloth.

For the benefit of our readers, what’s a whistleblower? Wikipedia defines a whistleblower as “…a person, often an employee, who reveals information about activity within a private or public organization that is deemed illegal, immoral, illicit, unsafe or fraudulent. Whistleblowers can use a variety of internal or external channels to communicate information or allegations.”

It is clear from our investigations that the man referred to as the GN Bank whistleblower is an ex-employee of the bank who had several scores to settle with former executives of the bank including the CEO. It is in settling these scores that caused the terrible accusations he later came to regret. Indeed, he had reportedly sent messages to Dr. Nduom to apologize for his actions and expressed his gratitude for Dr. Nduom giving him a job at the bank when he desperately needed one.
Weekend Today has through its investigations obtained the letter dated 2nd November 2018 that Dr. Nduom sent to Dr. Ernest Addison the Governor. In that letter, Dr. Nduom wrote that, “As indicated during our meeting on Wednesday, I am taking the letter sent by Mr. xxxxxxxxx to you dated 26 September 2018 personally. In my humble opinion, this man cannot be the source for the official investigation that has caused considerable disruption in our organization.

It is my view that if I had been invited by the Bank of Ghana to respond to the allegations made by Mr. xxx, this matter would not have gotten this far.

Therefore, while management of GN Bank prepares its responses to the preliminary draft report from BSD, I am sending to you my response to Mr. xxxx’s letter for your review.”

Dr. Nduom proceeded to dismiss the allegations raised in the so-called whistleblower letter. After that, Dr. Addison the Governor could not and till this date has not been able to prepare a reply to Dr. Nduom’s letter. He was thoroughly shocked that Dr. Nduom had been able to identify the person being paraded as the whistleblower. He could not fathom how Dr. Nduom got a copy of the letter that formed the basis for what became the central bank witch hunt.

But, apparently, the central bank and its accomplices in government had gotten what they wanted. They took the wild allegations and used them to attempt to soil the significant international reputation gained by Dr. Nduom from more than 40 years of local and international professional experiences.

The question a number of people have asked is why did Governor Addison continue to use allegations that had been withdrawn by the one who made them? Now that the courts have thrown away the money laundering allegations, will Governor Addison apologize to Dr. Nduom for the significant harm and injury caused? We are certain that more questions will be raised when people in authority in Ghana get to understand the truth and the facts that support position taken by Groupe Nduom that a lot of harm has been caused without justification. In Ghana, we know that “Sankofa, wonnkyir”.