GHANA: Three persons including the Managing Director of Guma Oil and a staff of National Investment Bank (NIB) in the Republic of Ghana are in the custody of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) for allegedly trying to cash GHS3.5 million from Ghana’s Ministry of Energy’s account.
The suspects allegedly cloned the Energy Ministry’s cheque and attempted depositing the GHS3.5 million into Guma Oil’s account at Zenith Bank.
Sources at the Ministry told energynewsafrica.com the suspects forged the signature of the Director of Finance at the Ministry, Mr Kwesi Adjei.
Speaking to Accra- based Citi FM, Deputy Executive Director of Operations of EOCO, Nana Antwi said his outfit is on a manhunt for another suspect while the dockets are being finalised for prosecution.
Narrating the circumstances that led to the arrest of the suspects, Mr Antwi stated that, “Initially, it was felt that some persons within the Ministry [of Energy] had attempted to steal money belonging to the Ministry.
“The suspicions were narrowed to the accounts department so there was a swoop on the department where various personalities were questioned. It was there that it came up that the internal mechanism had identified an attempt and had even made a report to the Ministry’s police station and that some investigation had already commenced.
That notwithstanding, we pushed on and spread our tentacles of investigation where we contacted Zenith and NIB and then the tracing started [leading to the arrests].”
He added that “our dockets are almost ready. Very soon, they’ll be sent to court after the legal department has reviewed the dockets and appropriate charges are levelled against the persons.”