Friday, April 7, 2017

Nana Addo Petitioned Over $5m SSNIT Land Case

7:26:00 PM

A petition containing a request for investigations into some fraudulent land transactions by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has finally landed on the table of President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

Eugene Arhin, the Presidents Press Secretary, received the petition on behalf of the President yesterday.

The petition was also copied and presented to the offices of the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Marfo, Attorney General, Madam Gloria Akuffo and the Executive Director of The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Mr. K. K Sarpong.

Convener for The Movement for Truth and Accountability, Joseph Bediako, after presenting the petition lambasted EOCO for its lackadaisical attitude towards investigating the issue when it was sent to them.

He said the attitude of the officials of EOCO showed clearly that they were not interested in properly handling the case and bringing the accused persons to justice, hence his decision to petition the President and the other authorities.

He swore to go to any length to make sure the huge money involved is retrieved and the people involved prosecuted for their actions and inactions.

Joseph Bediako was of the view that the Presidency could support investigate the matter and recover the over five million dollars of the contributors money back from the company that fraudulently sold the land to SSNIT.

I voted for Nana Addo because I believed in his message which sought to say all suspected corrupt deals would be investigated and persons involved dealt with. However, I see that those at EOCO are not willing to support the President and his government succeed in that agenda, he stated.

Should the Presidency fail to pursue the so called ‘corrupt SSNIT officials to recover the five million dollars, Joseph Bediako, hinted that he would head to court to retrieve the money because my passion is to see an end to corruption at public places. He added. 

On 3rd March 2017, Joseph Bediako petitioned EOCO to launch investigations into circumstances that led to the payment of some Five Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars (US$5, 450, 000) to purchase a land which was fraudulently acquired by Premier Portfolio LTD, a company owned by one Kwabena Duffuor.

The one and half acre plot of land, located close to the SSNIT guest house in Accra, originally belongs to one Mr. Nunoo, a businessman in Accra, who legally purchased it from the Osu stool in 2004.

However, a report from an investigator revealed that an unknown source at the Lands Commission, transferred the land to Premier Portfolio, without the notice and consent of the rightful owner in 2016.

Two different High Courts presided over by Justices Anthony Agbada and Merley Wood, where the issue was sent to, returned the ownership of the land to Mr. Nunoo and instructed the Lands Commission to plot the said land in his name, of which has been done.

The return of the land to its rightful owner means, the hard earned monies contributed by workers to take care of their retirement in the near future has gone waste.

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