Drill ship saga: NPP dares NDC to arrest Nana

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The acting General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu, has challenged the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) to cause the arrest and prosecution of the flagbearer of the NPP if they believe Nana Akufo-Addo is culpable of any wrongdoing in the sale of a drill ship that belonged to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) over a decade ago.

Addressing a press conference in Accra Friday March 4, Mr Boadu said Nana Akufo-Addo was incorruptible and attempts to name him in the drill ship saga were for propaganda purposes.

“They now seek to invite Nana Akufo-Addo, a man proven to be incorruptible over the years, to join the list of corrupt people or people tainted with corruption by citing him for improper conduct in the drill ship saga,” Mr Boadu stated.

“President Mahama then releases his hatchet men like Asiedu Nketia and his communicators to repeat this claim in order to, as the propaganda people do, just repeat it as many times as possible [to the extent that]… even the person knowing that it is untrue, ends up thinking that it is true.

“If, indeed, you are not just doing political propaganda, why don’t you arrest Nana Addo and prosecute him? Assuming Nana Addo has caused financial loss to the state, Nana Addo is walking around.

“A committee was set up, he was not invited and nothing has been done to him. It’s just propaganda. After all, you control the police and the office of the Attorney General, so, don’t waste our ears, Aseidu Nketia. When you know you cannot back your claim with facts, it is just hogwash,” he said.

The NPP’s press conference was a counter to a recent press conference held by the NDC in which the party claimed, among other things, that Mr Akufo-Addo, who was Attorney General in the Kufuor administration, at the time that the drill ship was sold for $24 million to defray a debt owed by GNPC, had questions to answer in connection with the matter.

In December last year, Adansi Asokwa MP, KT Hammond, sued the Republic of Ghana through the Attorney General (first defendant) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) (Second defendant), in an attempt to enforce his fundamental human rights, as far as moves to investigate him by the second defendant is concerned, in relation to the sale of a drill ship in 2001.

The former deputy Energy Minister is being probed by EOCO over how he disbursed $900,000, being part of proceeds realised from the sale of the ship, which belonged to state oil firm.
A government White Paper on a report presented by the Judgment Debt Commission, which conducted an inquiry into the drill ship sale, as well as other judgment debt cases, directed EOCO to get Mr Hammond to account for the difference of $900,000, which went untraced following the sale of the ship for $24 million, to defray a $19.5-million debt owed Société-Generale (SG) Bank, at the time.

$3.5million of the total proceeds could not be traced, necessitating an appearance of Mr Hammond before the Judgment Debt Commission, which was set up by the president to dig into several judgment debts paid to individuals and institutions.


Source: ClassFMonline.com


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