Mortey Akpadzi – EOCO Boss
THE ECONOMIC and Organised Crime office (EOCO) has filed a defence to battle an application for injunction against it by Alfred Agbesi Woyome, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) self-acclaimed financier at the center of the GH¢51, 283,480.59 judgment debt scandal.
The lawyer for EOCO, Dr. Philip Anderson, informed an Accra Fast Track High Court presided over by Justice Ofori Atta yesterday that he was ready to proceed on the case as he had filed his statement of defence to the application but Doris Nortey, the lawyer for Mr. Woyome, told the judge they had not been served with a copy.
The judge, following this submission, adjourned the case to February 13, for the motion to be moved.
Mr. Woyome, who is currently in custody and being investigated for fraud, dragged EOCO to court to stop them from investigating him.
The interlocutory injunction is to restrain EOCO and its agents, assigns, workmen, and anybody or any group of persons or person from carrying out investigations relating to the payment of the judgment debt.
In his application, Mr. Woyome challenged the mandate of EOCO to investigate the matter and also freeze his bank accounts.
He argued that EOCO had no powers to investigate the judgment of a court but a superior court.
A special aide to Mr. Woyome, in an interview with Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, said, “For now, they cannot investigate the payment of the judgment debt,” emphasizing that Mr Woyome resorted to the courts not because he had something to hide.
The aide mentioned that the grounds under which the investigations were being conducted were “null and void”.
He explained that once a court of competent jurisdiction had determined the matter and its merits, no other organization could open up the case again except a superior court.
Mr. Woyome and three alleged accomplices, including two top state lawyers, on Monday, February 6 were put before an Accra Fast Track High Court, Financial Division, on fraud charges.
The alleged accomplices are Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, the Chief State Attorney who allegedly refused to put up a defence against Woyome in court and was reportedly bribed for his role, Paul Asimenu, Legal Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning who purportedly quoted wrong figures that paved way for Woyome to access the money, and Mrs. Gifty Nerquaye-Tetteh, wife of the chief state attorney into whose account the alleged GH¢400,000 bribe was paid.
They have all pleaded not guilty to various charges of fraud against them. With the exception of Mrs. Nerquaye-Tetteh, who was granted a GH¢500,000 with two sureties, the rest were refused bail and remanded into police custody to assist in investigations.
By Mary Anane