Drill Ship saga Akufo-Addo’s indictment “one big charade” – Lawyer

The Judgment Debt Commission report concludes that Nana Addo’s “miserable” failure to defend the state in court led to the judgment debt higher than what Ghana would have paid.

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Yaw Boafo, a private legal practitioner has described as “a big charade” events leading to the flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the erstwhile Kufuor administration being accused of causing financial loss to the state in the GNPC drill ship scandal.

The ship was sold by the Kufuor administration to defray a Gh¢19.5 million judgment debt owed Societe-General Bank in 2001 when Nana Akufo-Addo was the Attorney General.

Speaking on Ultimate FM’s Ultimate Breakfast show, Lawyer Boafo wondered why Nana Akufo-Addo will be implicated in the drill ship scandal when he [Nana Addo] was not invited to the Judgment Debt Commission to answer to the matter per the provision in the 1992 Constitution.

“I think that this whole thing is a one big charade. The circumstances that led to the setting up of the Sole Commissioner into the enquiry of judgment debt was essentially because of the backlash and the political fallout relative to the Woyome case. And I think that engaged the Commission more,” he said.

Adding: “We hear the report is a huge one and the government is yet to publish a white paper on it. How come just that portion is the one that is going round on social media? I think it is just one of those partisan approach we use to handle national issues. “I cannot see why you can make an adverse finding against an individual when you have not invited him to the Commission of Enquiry.”

The Judgment Debt Commission report concludes that Nana Addo’s “miserable” failure to defend the state in court led to the judgment debt higher than what Ghana would have paid.

It said: “This Commission holds the view that the payment of US$19.5 million instead of the US$14 million earlier on agreed, constituted financial loss to the Corporation and Ghana”.

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