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General News of Thursday, 3 May 2018


Be ready to give more evidence against BOST MD – Amidu to Duncan

The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has asked the Executive Secretary of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, to be ready to furnish his office with further details of allegations made against the Bulk Oil and Distributing Company (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.

“Kindly hold yourself in readiness to provide any further and better particulars of your complaint should it be required,” a letter sighted by Citi News said.

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.