Ghana Cocoa Board Former CEO Charged for Causing Losses to State

Ghana Cocoa Board Former CEO Charged for Causing Losses to State

Ghana Cocoa Board Former CEO Charged for Causing Losses to State

The charges against Opuni, who was sacked by President Nana Akufo-Addo in January 2017, were laid Wednesday at the High Court in Accra, the capital, Joseph Addo, a spokesman for the office of the attorney-general and the justice ministry, said by phone.

Justice authorities brought the charges "because they believed there were infractions in the award of contracts during Opuni's tenure", Fiifi Boafo, a special assistant to current Ghana Cocoa Board CEO Joseph Boahen Aidoo, said in a broadcast on Citi FM.

He was relieved of his post on January 12, 2017, a week after President Nana Akufo-Addo assumed office.

On the charge of conspiracy to commit crime namely, Willfully causing financial loss to the state contrary to sections 23 (1) and 179A (3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), the state says the two during the period mentioned agreed to act together with a common objective to willfully cause financial loss to the state.

The former chief executive officer of Ghana Cocoa Board, Stephen Opuni, has been charged for causing financial losses to the state during his tenure as head of the regulator, according to a justice ministry official.

Agongo is said to have represented to COCOBOD that he would supply Lithovit Foliar Fertilizer from Germany for application by farmers on cocoa for the 2014/2015 cocoa season, a representation the state said Mr Agongo knew to be false at the time of making it.

In fact, the state accuses Seidu Agongo of "manufacturing the fertilizer in commercial quantities without registration", contrary to the law.

On October 10, 2014, the state claims Dr Opuni agreed to permit his conduct as CEO of COCOBOD to be influenced by an amount of Gh₵25,000 from Seidu Agongo.

Seidu Agongo is also accused of selling "adulterated fertilizer" contrary to section 114 (1)(c) of the Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803).

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