General News of 2018-03-14

Police grant BOST MD bail over alleged ‘threat to kill’ Duncan Amoah

Managing Director of BOST, Alfred Obeng Boateng, has been granted bail in his own recognisance as Police in Tema investigate allegations that he contracted some people to threaten to kill the executive secretary of COPEC Ghana, Duncan Amoah.

This was after investigators from the Tema Regional Police Command invited the two for interrogation on Tuesday into the alleged death threats, a source close to the Police Command confirmed to TV3’s Josephine Antwi-Adjei.

Mr. Boateng has not yet been charged for any offence, the source added.

Our correspondent reported that for about 45 minutes, Mr. Boateng and Mr. Duncan were locked up in a meeting with the Police at the Tema Region where the matter is being handled.

The COPEC boss who has today been sued by Mr. Boateng for defamation, told our correspondent after the meeting that he has tendered in all evidence regarding the death on his life to the police but did give details as to the nature of the evidence.

MD seeks GHC5m in damages

Meanwhile, the BOST MD is seeking a total of GHC5 million as damages against Mr. Duncan for making those allegations which he has vehemently denied.

Mr. Duncan claimed Sunday that Mr. Boateng had contracted some agents to kill him for uncovering an alleged shady deal at BOST, which has cost the state to lose about 5.3 million dollars.

According to Mr. Duncan, after COPEC uncovered an alleged sell off of 1.8million barrels of crude oil by BOST and was about coming public with its findings, Mr. Boateng on Friday, March 9 sent his ‘boys’ to threaten to kill him.

“Our findings are put out awaiting publication from tomorrow Monday only for the MD OF BOST to now send his boys using the following telephone numbers (0554909352, 0269404436 and 0555095891) to curse, insult, attack and threaten my life saying I will be killed in 3 days from yesterday” he told

But Mr. Boateng denied the claim and said he was in touch with his lawyers to sue Mr.Amoah on the death threat allegation, which the MD said he was taking seriously.

He consequently filed a defamation suit at the Accra High Court Tuesday seeking a whooping 5million cedi damages against Mr. Amoah.

The BOST MD is praying the court to award him 2 million each for professional and social reputational damages as well as one million cedis for psychological stress.

In the meantime he has filed a motion before the court seeking to restrain Mr. Duncan, his agents and assigns “from further publishing or broadcasting any word or words or images in any manner whatsoever to the effect that plaintiff had coopted, engaged, contracted or solicited the services of any person or persons to curse, insult, attack, threaten the life of the defendant or threaten to kill defendant in three days pending a final determination to this suit upon terms more particularly stated in the accompanying affidavit.”

The court registry has fixed March 23 for the hearing of the injunction application.

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