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07.10.2006 General News

Dr. F. N. Sowah takes over SFO

By CHRONICLE
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What seems to be a benign shake-up at the dreaded security apparatus, which emerged in the wake of the dissolution of the notorious National Investigation Committee of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) regime took place in the beginning of the week with the appointment of the first Executive Director of the outfit known as the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) by the President.

A complete outsider with no known links to the national security apparatus, Dr. Francis N.A. Sowah was appointed to take charge of the body set up under Act 466 of 1986, the Act which established the body, and the US-trained lawyer, who until recently worked at the Communications Ministry is charged with bringing a breath of fresh air to the unit that has never had a substantive Director since its set up.

The Acting Executive Director, Theophilus Asharku Cudjoe is expected to go the way of his colleague Brian Anku Sapati, the other Deputy Director who exited a year ago, as the heavy tension that has enveloped the SFO has so persisted and defied resolution. An unprecedented strike action was averted a few months ago following dissatisfaction with Cudjoe and his style of running the SFO.

Mr. T.A. Cudjoe traces his roots to the vociferous vice Presidential candidate and former Deputy Minister of Justice Mr. Martin Amidu, with whom he worked in their law chambers in Tamale before he was drafted to help with the Timber Task Force set up by the PNDC in 1986.

Mr. Cudjoe came into prominence in the wake of his suspension by the NDC administration and resumed on the onset of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration in 2001.

The SFO recently reconstituted board has retired Supreme Court Judge Mr. N.Y Adade as chairman, with the Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), a representative of the Attorney General's office Mrs. Gertrude Aikins, Mrs. Mills Robertson, the Deputy Inspector General of Police representing the Police Administration, and Mrs.Fari Dwuma, nominated by the President to the board.

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