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10.08.2022 Headlines

[Audio] 'Because of Mr Akudugu you want to destroy me with your 'hollow' report, It won't be easy for you' — Customs Commissioner to SP over Labianca scandal

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Col Kwadwo Damoah Rtd, the Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority GRACol Kwadwo Damoah (Rtd), the Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)
10.08.2022 LISTEN

Col Kwadwo Damoah (Rtd), the Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) says he is being targeted for refusing to heed the demand of the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng.

He is crying wolf that the recent corruption report by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) was an attempt by Kissi Agyebeng to destroy him.

Col Kwadwo Damoah said it all happened when he refused to allow one Mr Akudugu to be seconded to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in an audio intercepted by ModernGhana News.

"One of the reasons was because of Mr. Akudugu. He wanted Mr Akudugu to be seconded to his office and I said 'no'. Mr Akudugu is a customs officer employed to do customs work and he is to partner Mr. Akoto Sekyin in his office on Africa Continental Free Trade Area. He deals with tariffs and evaluation and therefore I cannot second him to the Office of the Special Prosecutor because he has a primary role to play in customs," he said at a staff durbar in Kumasi today Wednesday, August 10.

Describing the report which exposes some corrupt deals involving a Council of State Member Ms. Eunice Jacqueline Buah Asomah-Hinneh, the owner of Labianca Company Limited and some officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority at the Tema port as hollow, he also described the Special Prosecutor as a 'small boy' who cannot destroy him.

"He is a small boy. I'm older than him. I've lived a meaningful life," He fumes, warning Mr Agyebeng to tread cautiously otherwise it won't be easy for him.

"Since three days ago what has been happening? A report purporting to be coming from the Special Prosecutor trying to indict the deputy commissioner of operations and myself. If anybody has read that report very well, you will know the basis of that and luckily for me, God is always on my side. Before that report came, that person has made a statement to some people who had come to them.

"He was going to publish something that will discredit me and he will do that. I even send people to go and tell him that he is a small boy. I'm older than him. I've lived a meaningful life. If he attempts to destroy me, it won't be easy for him. People have tried and I've survived and this one I'll survive," he stressed.

Background

The OSP investigated alleged corruption and corruption-related offences in the context of evasion and valuation of duties on frozen and processed food products imported into Ghana between 2017-2021.

The case, according to the OSP involved some high-ranking officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

Interestingly, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) managed to recover over GHC1 million GHC1,074, 627.15 from Labianca Foods in unpaid import duties.

The OSP has also called for wider investigations into Customs Division of the GRA and demanded a copy of Integrity plans to prevent corruption.

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