Woyome Saga Haunts Barton Oduro Bagbin


First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ebo Barton-Oduro is being haunted by his role in the controversial Ghc51 million judgment debt paid to businessman Alfred Woyome, Majority leader Alban Bagbin has revealed.

According to him, although no action has been taken against the former deputy attorney general over the matter, he appears deeply disturbed over it.

‘Even though action has not been taken, we can see he is not in full gear, it has affected him.

‘So even though we have not gone to the extent of prosecuting,the relationship between him and other members is not the same again. The member is having some difficulties with his conscience,’ Bagbin stated at an event in Accra Thursday.

Ebo Barton-Oduro as a Deputy Attorney-General in the erstwhile Mills administration was instrumental in the Waterville-Woyome saga.

He was of the view that government had no case defending the issue in court saying, the payment of the judgment rather saved the state money.

Woyome who was standing trial for defrauding the state was on March 12, 2015 freed by the High court which sat on the matter.

He was arrested on February 3, 2012 after the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), which had been commissioned by President John Evans Atta Mills to investigate the payment to him, had implicated him for wrongdoing.

He was first arraigned on February 6, 2012, together with three others.

The state brought the criminal case against him after the Supreme Court ordered him to refund the money paid him to the state.

Justice Ajet-Nassam in his ruling said the state failed to convince him that Woyome acquired the money fraudulently.

Source: Starrfmonline.com


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