OSP concludes investigations against Bissue, Adu Boahen, two others

These were contained in its Half-Yearly Report released today July 4, 2023.

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The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) says it has completed investigations into corruption and corruption-related offences against former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, former presidential staffer and Secretary of the defunct Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Charles Bissue and two other investigations.

The two others relate to allegations of an attempt by an unnamed and wealthy businessman to bribe some members of the majority caucus of Parliament and the award of a contract to Turfsport Ghana Limited by the Gaming Commission of Ghana. 

These were contained in its Half-Yearly Report released today July 4, 2023. In respect of the details of the investigations, the OSP says it will “issue directives and further action on the matter in due course.”

The report also highlighted nine other pending investigations, mostly regarding contracts awarded by some state enterprises. These include 1. Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) regarding the termination of a Distribution, Loss Reduction, and Associated Network Improvement Project contract between ECG and Beijing Xiao Cheng Technology (BXC).

2. Illegal Mining targeting some officials of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Forestry Commission, the dissolved Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Akonta Mining Limited and some Municipal and District Chief Executives.

3. The National Sports Authority regarding contracts awarded to some eight entities.

4. The Ghana Water Company Limited regarding contracts awarded to nin entities.

5. The Custom Division of the GRA regarding the auction sales of vehicles and other goods by the Customs Division between 1 July 2016 and 15 August 2022.

6. Investigations into alleged bribery by Airbus SE, regarding the sale and purchase of military aircrafts for the Republic of Ghana. 

7. Alleged corruption-related offences perpetrated by some officials of the Bank of Ghana, banks, specialised deposit-taking institutions, and financial holding companies.

8. Investigations regarding the recruitment exercise of Course 51 of Cadet Officers Training at the Ghana Police Academy.

9. Alleged improper acquisition of state-protected land at the Achimota Forest enclave and the Sakumono Ramsar site by the deceased former Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie alias Sir John. 

The OSP further said it's investigating 150 other cases, which are at various levels of consideration.

"These would be publicised if the Special Prosecutor determines that they are within the mandate of the Office and that they should be moved past the preliminary investigation stage."