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Identity of civil servant used by Tiger Eye PI to entrap his bosses revealed

The civil servant, Solomon Amponsah, works in the External Resource Mobilisation and Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance

The identity of a civil servant who is currently a principal economics officer in the Ministry of Finance (MoF), believed to be the first port of call for Tiger Eye PI investigators in their endeavour to secure contact with the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, and the then deputy finance minister Charles Adu Boahen, has been revealed to Asaase News by a reliable source.

The civil servant, Solomon Amponsah, who works in the External Resource Mobilisation and Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of Finance, is believed to have received a call from the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a Tiger Eye PI investigator, who suggested to Amponsah to arrange a meeting between him (Hussein-Suale), a Ghanaian lawyer and the two finance ministers in Dubai, towards a desire to open a bank in Ghana with about US$500 million.

Subsequently, the Ghanaian lawyer and Charles Adu-Boahen, on the strength of the arrangement made by Solomon Amponsah, met with the undercover team posing as investors in a hotel suite in Dubai on 8 February 2018, just 13 months after the Akufo-Addo government assumed office.

After the meeting with Adu Boahen, Tiger Eye’s next move was to meet the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. Solomon Amponsah came in handy again to continue with his arrangements towards a meeting between the Finance Minister and the Tiger Eye PI investigators who had posed as investors in Dubai.

They (Tiger PI) were to have their chance, they thought, when, after several attempts, Ofori-Atta agreed to meet them at the airport in Dubai in transit to Tokyo, Japan.

Bearing “gifts”

In the company of his then personal assistant (PA), Michael Bediako, Ofori-Atta met the supposed investors (investigators) at one of the terminal hotels at Dubai International Airport on Sunday 8 November 2018 at around 6.30am.

According to our source, Ofori-Atta was informed that the meeting was with the chairman of Al-Baraka Islamic Bank of Bahrain, whose interest was to invest $500 million to set up an “ethical” bank in Ghana.

The meeting, per our checks, which had Solomon Amponsah and the Ghanaian lawyer present, lasted some five minutes. Ken Ofori-Atta left very peeved when he was offered a “gift”, which he refused to accept, and walked out with his PA, who was also offered a gift that was rejected as well.

It remains to be seen if these engagements with Solomon Amponsah were part of the Tiger Eye PI investigation, and whether or not it will feature in future releases by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Wilberforce Asare

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