Woyomegate Scandal: Police Interrogate Osafo Marfo

 

Dr Yaw Osafo Maafo
Dr Yaw Osafo Maafo

Snippets of information filtering through Ghananewslink.com disclose that a former youth and sports minister, Dr Yaw Osafo Maafo is being quizzed by personnel of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service over the infamous GHC51million Woyome judgement debt scandal.

This follows the arrest and release of his then deputy, O. B Amoah, over the weekend. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator for the Aburi-Nsawam constituency was arrested on Sunday night, charged with causing financial loss to the state and released on GhC 20 million police inquiry bail on Monday afternoon.
Yaw Osafo Marfo was the sector minister during the award of the contract to Waterville Holdings for the rehabilitation of the of the Accra, Kumasi and Elwak sports stadia, in preparation for CAN 2008.
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) report cited him as the author of the Cabinet Memo dated 27th July, 2005, which informed Cabinet of the illegality of the intended action to abrogate the tender process for the CAN 2008 stadia works, though he was the same person who abrogated the contract.
Though Mr Osafo Marfo refused to appear before the EOCO during their investigation, due to his conviction that their probe was illegal, he has always maintained that he will avail himself to anybody legitimately authorized to investigate the matter.
Like he was for O.B. Amoah, it has been revealed that Alfred Woyome was also Mr Osafo Marfo’s benefactor. He financially supported his bid to become the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party for the 2008.
The invitation of Dr Osafo Marfo brought the number of persons to seven who are so far being indicted by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) report. They are: Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a self-styled bankroller of the ruling NDC and a business magnate, Chief State Attorney, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh and wife Gifty Nerquaye-Tetteh and a Legal Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Paul Asimenu. While, the former Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu is still on the CID’s awaiting list.
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