General News of Mon, 21 May 20184
Court to rule on EOCO, Opuni bank account tussle
An Accra High Court will today rule on the application by former Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Ghana Cocoa Board(COCOBOD), Dr. Stephen Opuni to have his frozen Accounts by the Economic and Organized Crime Office(EOCO) released.
After months of having his bank accounts under the control of EOCO, Dr Opuni’s lawyers obtained a High Court order on April 23, 2018 for the accounts to be defrozen.
But the defense team could not sustain that judgment, as EOCO filed an ex-parte motion the following day, April 24, 2018, and obtained another order from the same court for the accounts to be frozen again.
Embattled Opuni filed another application at the same High Court seeking to get access to his accounts.
At the last sitting of the court, the legal representatives of the parties brought to close arguments for and against the application. While the defense team of Dr. Opuni maintained that the action of EOCO is against the law, EOCO argued that their action is legal.
According to Dr. Opuni’s lead counsel, Mr Samuel Cudjoe, EOCO had become a “monster” bent on terrorising and making life uncomfortable for his client.
The court, presided over by Mrs Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa, is expected to rule on the matter today, May 21, 2018.