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Chief state attorney disbarred as lawyer for allegedly receiving GHC400,000 from Woyome

Chief State Attorney disbarred for receiving GH¢400,000 from Woyome

Alfred Agbesi Woyome

A chief state attorney at the Office of the Attorney General, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, has been disbarred as a lawyer by the General Legal Council (GLC) for allegedly collecting GHC400,000 from businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome in 2011.

Nerquaye-Tetteh was disbarred, meaning he can never practice as a lawyer again in Ghana after the disciplinary committee of the GLC, the regulatory body of the legal profession, found him guilty of professional misconduct under Rule 2(2) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 (L.I. 613).

In a notice dated 13 January 2024, the GLC said while defending the state against a suit by Woyome in 2011,  Nerquaye-Tetteh personally caused the direct transfer of an amount of GHC400,000 from Woyome to the bank account of his wife.

Nerquaye-Tetteh, the GLC said could not offer any reasonable explanation for the said transfer of the GHC 400,000 into his wife’s bank account from  Woyome.

According to the GLC, the conduct of  Nerquaye-Tetteh had adversely affected “the “dignity and high standing of the legal profession.”

“That, he, as a lawyer and a Chief State Attorney, having acted as counsel for the State in the case, Alfred Agbesi Woyome vrs. Attorney General & Anor had an amount of Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC 400,000.00) transferred directly from Alfred Woyome into the bank account of his wife, Mrs. Gifty Nerquaye-Tetteh without any reasonable explanation; a conduct or act that adversely affects the dignity and high standing of the legal profession,”

“Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh shall not hold himself out as a lawyer or attend chambers or render or purport to render any professional legal services to the public. The practicing licence of Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh is hereby withdrawn forthwith,” the notice said.

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