Labianca case: Special Prosecutor deserves commendation, says Samoa Addo

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has recovered over GHC1 million in import duties not paid to the GRA by Labianca Foods, which belongs to Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh

A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Nii Kpakpo Samoa Addo, has commended the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, for his latest investigation into a complaint of corruption and corruption-related offences against Labianca Company Ltd and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.

An official report said the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has recovered over GHC1 million in unpaid import duties from Labianca Foods, which is owned by Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh, an elected member of the Council of State.

The amount represents a shortfall in import duties the frozen foods company has paid to the state.

In a 12-page report, the OSP accused Asomah-Hinneh of influence-peddling and alleged that she used her position as a member of the Council of State and member of the board of directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to obtain a favourable decision from the Customs Division of the GRA, which led to a reduction in the tax liabilities of Labianca Ltd.

“I admire the way that the OSP has approached this. His report on Labianca was so indicting with no punches pulled… this is the attitude that we have been crying out for [from the OSP],” Samoa Addo said on Asaase 99.5 Accra’s news analysis show, The Forum, over the weekend.

“For the first time, somebody who is a politically exposed person and who has connections to state has been investigated in an unbiased manner by a state institution and we need to commend him.

“But I still believe that he can do more. We must commend Kissi for the work he is doing… The will to do his work [as OSP] has been shown and a precedence has been set, to his credit,” Addo added.

Fred Dzakpata

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