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General News of Friday, 4 May 2018


We have evidence for Amidu on BOST ‘shady deals’ – Duncan

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), has affirmed that it is ready to provide the needed evidence to assist the Special Prosecutor’s investigations into alleged financial rot at the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) Company.

“I can confirm that we have been ready from day one. Even before our findings were put out, we have been ready with our convictions and reasons and documents that inform us that something untoward has been occasioned per the transaction,” the Executive Director of COPEC, Duncan Amoah said.

His assurance follows the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, asking Duncan Amoah to be ready to furnish his office with further details of the allegations made against BOST. Mr. Amoah, in March 2018, wrote to the Special Prosecutor requesting his office to investigate the sale of some 1.8 million barrels of crude by BOST in September 2017.

Responding to the petition, the Special Prosecutor said he has directed that the matter be sent to the appropriate division under his office for further action.

Mr. Amoah had alleged that persons connected to the BOST MD had threatened his life after he uncovered a supposed shady deal at BOST which is believed to have cost the nation GHC 23 million in revenue.

At the centre of the threats are allegations that BOST cost the state GHC 23 million in revenue by selling some crude oil at a discount to an unregistered company.

According to Mr. Amoah, about 1.8 million barrels of crude oil was sold in the said transaction in September 2017.

Mr. Obeng Boateng, in a rebuttal, however, dismissed these claims, saying the COPEC boss was being used to distract the new BOST administration.

He also sued Mr. Amoah, saying the claims that his associate threatened his life is false.

He is seeking an injunction keeping Mr. Amoah from making such claims, as well as GHc 5 million in damages.

He wants GHc 2 million damages against the defendant for damaging his professional reputation; GHc 2 million for damaging his social reputation and GHc 1 million for the psychological trauma the death threat publication has had on him.

An Accra High Court threw out an application filed by Mr. Amoah, seeking it to dismiss the defamation case.

Lawyers for Mr. Amoah made an application to the court asking that the suit be dismissed because it was fraught with mistakes, particularly a wrong residential and professional address.

But according to the court, the failure to provide the address did not breach any provision in Ghana’s constitution.