It emerged early this week that, a group calling itself the Centre for National Affairs, wants the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu to probe former President John Dramani Mahama and his then-Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah over Gh¢40 million cedis which was allegedly transferred from the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST), to the presidency between August 2015 and early January 2017.
“We wish to stand on provisions in the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), Section 3(1a and 1b), which empowers your office to investigate and prosecute alleged or suspected corruption and corruption-related offences under the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and any other relevant law involving public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector to call on your office to initiate an investigation into the said account.” the group said in a presented to the office the of SP.
The group claim the recipient’s account was Chief of Staff’s Sundries Account No. 1, with account number 1018631473188 at the Bank of Ghana (BoG), and the alleged illegal transfers were done from August 2015 until early January 2017 when then ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) handed over to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) after the December 7, 2016 general election.
But according to news from citinewsroom with citing unnamed sources, the request has been turned down because the matter in question is already being investigated by the Economic and Organised Crime Office, EOCO.
Mr. Amidu therefore considers that it will be a waste of resources for his outfit to also probe the matter.
BOST has consistently found itself in the news for the wrong reasons, deepening growing public perception of deep-seated corruption at that stage agency.