The Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alex Afenyo Markin is accusing the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) of illegally transferring funds from the accounts of individuals and organizations under investigations.
This was revealed at a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Markin served notice he will challenge the actions of EOCO at the Supreme Court, describing the move as illegal.
He said: “It’s not backed by any law. If you read EOCO Act, if you read the LI 21.83, if you read the anti-money laundering Act and the anti-money laundering LI, nowhere in the law are there provisions of funds to be transferred to a so-called exhibit account.”
According to him, the creation of the exhibit account by EOCO is unknown to the laws of Ghana adding that it only sets out to create “a temporary denial of the funds to the owner.”
Mr. Markin revealed his fears have been confirmed by the Auditor General “who raised the issue during the audits of the accounts.”
“Who audits the exhibit accounts? I am preparing to go to the Supreme Court to test the law there to seek interpretation.”
Mr. Afenyo Markin expressed fears if EOCO is allowed to continue this action unchecked, political opponents may eventually be victimized.
He stated that ‘if we are also not careful and you get an extremist minded government, political opponents will become the targets…business men who may be perceived to be supporting a particular party can become victims.”
Meanwhile, efforts to reach EOCO for a response have so far proved futile.
By: Efua Idan Osam/citifmonline.com/Ghana