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Court Dismisses Opuni’s Application To Unfreeze His Accounts

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An Accra High court has dismissed an application by the former boss of COCOBOD, Dr Stephen Opuni challenging the freezing of his accounts by EOCO.

The judge, Justice Georgina Mensah Datsa who did not read the entire ruling said her decision was among others based on the fact that public funds needed to be protected.

She also mentioned that EOCO could have spared everyone all the trouble if the officials had followed its own act.

Stephen Opuni applied to the High Court seeking an order for the release of his accounts. The application followed a new order obtained by EOCO to have the accounts of Stephen Opuni frozen, hours after the same court had ordered for the release of the accounts.

Lawyers for former Chief Executive of COCOBOD Stephen Opuni last week accused the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) of abuse of power, following the freezing of his accounts.

According to the lawyers led by Samuel Cudjoe, EOCO’s move to refreeze the bank accounts of Mr.Opuni after an order of the court for its release is a disrespect of the courts and contrary to section 40 of the EOCO Act.

Background 

The former COCOBOD CEO and Siedu Agongo who is the CEO of Zeera Group of Companies and Agricult Ghana, are facing 27 charges including willfully causing financial loss to the state in a fertiliser contract worth over GH¢43 million.

The state argues that Dr Opuni misled the Public Procurement Authority to approve single-source contracts for Seidu Agongo and Agricult to provide fertilisers at a different cost.

The Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, also said Seidu Agongo, acting on behalf of Agricult, submitted fertiliser to the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) for testing.

The prosecution further said investigations established that Seidu Agongo deposited an amount of GHc25,000 into the account of Dr Opuni to influence the award of contracts.

It has also been established that between 2014 and 2016, contrary to law, Seidu Agongo and Agricult manufactured fertiliser in commercial quantities when the Ministry had not registered it for Food and Agriculture.

At the first hearing of the case, Dr Opuni pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.

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