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The district officer of Kuapa Kooko Limited branch at Agona Amenfi has been granted bail in the sum of 90,000 Ghana cedis by a Tarkwa circuit court for stealing 420 bags of cocoa valued 89,040 cedis belonging to the company.

He pleaded not guilty and will re-appear before the court on March 13.

Prosecuting Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Albert Adiita told the court presided over by Mr. Samuel Obeng Diawuo that on January 16, this year, at about 7:10 am the accused reported to the police that around 3:00 am he was asleep when his depot watch man came to his house with his mouth and hands tied with solution tape.

He said the watchman told him that whist on duty around 12:00 am thieves besieged the premises of company?s depot with an unidentified truck, tied him down, and made away with bags of cocoa beans.

He said during investigation the company?s auditor was invited to audit the activities of the accused.

According to DSP Adiita, the auditor?s report revealed that Emmanuel purchased 15,184 bags of cocoa valued 3,219,008 Ghana cedis out of which 14, 110 bags were evacuated to the port.

He indicated that the accused was supposed to have a stock balance of 1,074 bags of cocoa, but only 246 bags were found when physical stock check was conducted at the depot, which indicated a shortage of 828 bags.

He said further checks by the auditors revealed that 408 bags of cocoa beans were stolen by the thieves who broke into the depot.

DSP Adiita said the accused also issued a way bail covering 151 bags of dried cocoa beans showed on record that it had been purchased and stocked but that was not true.

The Prosecutor said in all the accused could not account for 420 bags of dried cocoa beans valued 89,040 Ghana cedis.

DSP Adiita said during investigations 35 bags of dried cocoa valued 7,420 were retrieved and it has been handed over to the auditor for safe keeping. GNA

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