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General News Wed, 18 Apr 2001

Mallam Isa probe report ready - Minister

Nana Akuffo-Addo, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, on Wednesday said he had received the report from the committee set up to investigate the mystery surrounding the loss of 46,000 dollars entrusted into the care of Mallam Yusif Isa, the sacked Sports Minister.

"It is true I have got it and I'm studying it," he told the Ghana News Agency in an interview on telephone in Accra.

Nana Akuffo-Addo said that his outfit would soon come out with the necessary recommendation on the next line of action.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ernest Owusu-Poku, instituted a three-man committee headed by Mr Sam Awotwi, Head of Legal and Prosecutions Unit of the Ghana Police Service, to probe circumstances that led to the loss of the money.

The money was meant as bonuses for members of the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, during their World Cup qualifying match in Sudan.

Mallam Isa claimed that after checking the money in front of officials of the Ghana Football Association in his office, he put it in his luggage, which was sent to the airport and checked in by one of the officials.

The officials, however, denied that the minister put the money in his luggage.

Source: GNA