The Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Colonel (Rtd.) Kwadwo Damoah has described the report from the Office of the Special Prosecutor implicating his office in corruption-related acts involving Labianca Company Limited as hollow.
Speaking at a Customs Division Management Retreat in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, Col. Damoah said there is nothing meaningful in the report.
The Commissioner believes the report is meant to tarnish his reputation following his refusal to second one of his men, one Mr. Akrugu, to the office of the Special Prosecutor.
“There is a report coming from the Office of the Special Prosecutor trying to indict the Deputy Commissioner of Customs Operations and myself. Anybody who has read that report very well will know the basis of that and luckily for me, God is always on my side.
“Before that report came, that person had made a statement who had come to tell me. He was going to publish something that will discredit me. I even sent people to go and tell and him he’s a small boy and I’m older than him and I’ve lived a meaningful life.”
He continued, “if he attempts to destroy me, it won’t be easy for him. People have tried it, I’ve survived and this one too I will survive. All that happened one of the reasons was because of Mr Akrugu. He wanted Mr Akrugu to be seconded to his office and I said no. Mr Akrugu is a Customs Officer primarily employed to do Customs work and he is to partner Mr Akoto Fetchn in that office.”
This comes after Col Kaadwo Damoah (RTD) was cited in the latest investigative report by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
He is said to have aided and abetted with the evasion of taxes by Labianca Company Limited.
“The OSP finds that though Colonel (Rtd.) Damoah sought to distance himself from Mr. Adu Kyei’s decision during his interview on 16 February 2022, he gave his tacit approval to the decision and the determination stood to the benefit of the applicants. Indeed, Mr. Adu Kyei’s decision would not have passed muster but for Colonel (Rtd.) Damoah’s apparent approval. The halfhearted seeming recantation is unhappily belated and does not absolve Colonel (Rtd.) Damoah of ultimate responsibility for the apparently contrived decision.”