A list containing supposed beneficiaries of the GHC51.2 million wrongfully received from the state by businessman and National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome has surfaced, Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has hinted.
Mr Woyome was paid an amount of GHC 51.2 million as judgment debt between 2009-2010 following his claim a contract he had with the outgone New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to help build stadia for the CAN 2008 football tournament was wrongfully terminated.
Former Attorney General Martin Amidu dismissed his claim and made efforts to retrieve the money but was dismissed from his ministerial position before he could complete the process.
Mr Amidu after his dismissal still pursued the matter at the Supreme Court and won the case in July 2014 .The Supreme Court ordered Woyome to pay the money back to the state, but the businessman did not do that.
In the Supreme Court’s ruling ordering Woyome to pay the money back to the state, one of the judges, Justice Jones Dotse said it appeared those who facilitated the payment “entered into an alliance to create, loot and share the resources of this country as if a brigade had been set up for such an enterprise”.
Two years after, Mr Woyome was yet to pay the amount leading current Attorney-General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong filed an application at the Supreme Court to examine Woyome in a bid to compel Woyome to disclose how he had spent the money and also name his assets so that, if possible, they could be confiscated and sold to repay the money he owed the state.
This led to her being praised many including pressure group, OccupyGhana who could be counted among the Woyome Scandal’s fiercest critics.
However, in a sharp u-turn, the Attorney-General filed to discontinue the case, meaning she was no longer interested in examining Woyome in court.
Her action led Mr Amidu to file an application filed an application praying the Supreme Court to allow him to orally examine Woyome. But the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice would not want that done so she opposed the motion.
Mr Amidu believed the move by the Attorney General was to protect some National Democratic Congress (NDC) officials, who benefited from the GHc51.2 million paid Mr. Woyome by the state as judgment debt.
But despite many denials by the Woyome camp that he did not pay any beneficiaries from the amount, Mr Baako says he has in his grasp a list of the people who received shares from the loot.
Speaking on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo on Wednesday after news broke that the Supreme Court had granted Mr Amidu’s request to orally examine Woyome, he indicated that they had already called two of the recipients who had confirmed the payments to them.
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