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Freezing of Sir John’s assets: I’m impressed with actions of OSP, says Samoa Addo

Samoa Addo says the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng has proved him wrong, although he was sceptical of his prosecutorial experience before his appointment

Private legal practitioner, Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo has said he is impressed with the latest action taken by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to freeze all assets of Sir John as investigations continue.

Samoa Addo says the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng has proved him wrong, although he was sceptical of his prosecutorial before his appointment.

“Kissi Agyebeng has been my lecturer has impressed me, I thought that his lack of prosecutorial experience when he was appointed, I thought that was going to be his headache,” told The Forum on Asaase Radio on Saturday(4 June).

“But his particulars of offence has even been congratulated by lawyers who feel that he is very clear, at least you can’t say he is not going after big fish, If you list them, former PPA boss James Agyenim Boateng Adjei, MCE of Juaben, Alexander Kwabena Sarfo-Kantanka, …having started well, we want to see more,” he told host Kweku Agyeman-Budu.

“And so far nobody has come out to criticise him for going after these people and just as Justice Emile Short did with CHRAJ,  I am praying and hoping that he will leave the OSP office in a better state , so that when we compare him to martin Amidu , we will say talk is cheap….” he said.

Listen to Samoa Addo in the attached audio below:

On her part the deputy CEO of the National Youth Authority Akosua Manu(Kozie) said government is committed to resourcing the OSP to effectively carry out his duty.

“‘When it comes to the OSP we in the New Patriotic Party(NPP) believes in the independence of his office, and I think the last couple of weeks he has taken some steps involving former government members.”

“I think I saw an article in the papers about his governing board still not constituted, and I think that may impact his work, so hopefully government will ensure everything is put in place so that the confidence that was reposed  on him will fully manifest,” she said.

Listen to Akosua Manu(Kozie) in the attached audio below:

Freezing

On Thursday (2 June), the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) indicated that it has frozen all assets of the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John, a former chief executive officer of the Forestry Commission.

A source at the Office of the Special Prosecutor confirmed to www.asaaseradio.com that this forms part of investigations into the acquisition of state lands and properties that were contained in Sir John’s Will.

Last month, the Office of the Special Prosecutor served notice that it has begun full investigations into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in the alleged and unlawful acquisition of state lands at the Achimota forest enclave and the Ramsar site by the former CEO of the Forestry Commission.

A statement signed by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, indicated that Sir John including other persons will be investigated.

Fred Dzakpata

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