…Picks On Ex-MASLOC Boss’s Secretary, Driver
The Republic has picked up information that some former personal staff of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) have been invited for questioning by the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO).
As EOCO’s seeming fishing expedition on appointees and associates of the erstwhile Mahama regime goes overdrive, a former driver and personal secretary of Mrs. Sedinam Tamakloe-Attionu have been drawn into the draconian fumble.
Mrs. Anita Gapher, Secretary of the former CEO, is said to be one of eight people that have been invited by EOCO to appear before it between 29th May and 1st June to be questioned by the anti-graft agency over alleged financial malfeasance.
According to information, Mrs. Gapher is to report to EOCO’s head office in Accra at 10 am on the 29th of May for questioning, after the Acting Executive Secretary of EOCO, K.K. Amoah, had written to the current Chief Executive of MASLOC, Stephen Amoah, requesting that Mrs. Gapher be sent over, along with seven others, for questioning.
A former driver of Mrs. Sedinam Tamakloe-Attionu is also said to have been invited.
The invitation comes almost three weeks after Mrs. Attionu herself had been similarly invited by EOCO for questioning.
Upon that request by EOCO, Mrs. Attionu’s lawyers had written to the anti-graft agency to explain that she was out of the country at the time.
The lawyers had then stormed the EOCO headquarters in Accra to request a line of questioning, but EOCO had asked for more time to put together a questionnaire.
It is while the issue with Mrs. Attionu is still pending that the former MASLOC CEO’s driver and former personal secretary have been invited by EOCO for questioning.
In addition to Mrs. Anita Gapher and the former driver of Sedinam Tamakloe Attionu, seven other staff of MASLOC have, in the same breath, been invited by EOCO.
A source lists the other names as Nana Serwah Tawiah, Mr. Samuel Nerquaye, Mrs. Juliana Duah-Jay, Mr. Anas Musah Ahmed and Mr. Mohammed Amin.
Others are Mr. Lord Totgbah and Mr. Francis Barnes.
A 23rd May official letter from EOCO’s Acting Executive Secretary is said to have stated that the aforementioned were being invited for questioning over financial malfeasance and had stipulated specific dates on which they are to be individually report.
Mrs. Anita Gapher and Nana Serwah Tawiah are to report at EOCO on the 29 of May 2017, Mr. Samuel Nerquaye and Juliana Jay-Duah are to report on the 30th and Mr. Anas Musah Ahmed and Mohammed Amin are to report on the 31st.
Mr. Lord Totgbah and Francis Barnes are to report to EOCO on the 1st of June.
According to EOCO, they are to answer for their supposed roles in some financial malfeasance.
However, sources have pooh-poohed the official narrative, claiming the invitations to Mrs. Tamakloe-Ationu’s former personal staff is rather the rollout of motions that EOCO is going through to give a dog a bad name and hang it.
According to sources, the Akufo-Addo government is trying to create an excuse where there is none, to indict top officials of the erstwhile Mahama regime with corruption and in so doing, rub it on people who are perceived to be close to such regime actors and are still in the employ of government.
Mrs. Anita Gapher, the former MASLOC CEO’s secretary and Mrs. Ationu’s driver are said to be intentionally getting drawn into EOCO’s supposed investigation as part of orchestrations to remove them from MASLOC where they still work and replace them with NPP people.
The invitation of the two, along with some seven others, follows an earlier invitation to Mrs. Attionu herself.
The former MASLOC CEO’s invitation on the 8th of May had been the third by EOCO to associates and appointees of the predecessor Mahama government.
A fortnight before the invitation to Mrs. Attionu, EOCO had invited and questioned Ibrahim Mahama, younger brother of former President Mahama, over some transactions with the Ghana Revenue Authority.
Before Ibrahim Mahama, the former CEO of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Kwabena Opuni, had been interrogated by the anti-graft agency.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels