Opuni case adjourned to 9 July

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An Accra High Court has adjourned the case involving former COCOBOD CEO, Stephen Opuni and Businessman Seidu Agongo for willfully causing financial loss to the state.

Presiding judge, Justice C. J Hornyenuga adjourned the case to 9 July 2018 after the defence led by Lawyer Sam Cudjoe argued that the prosecution had failed to comply with an initial court order to furnish them with all documents, a claim the prosecution led by Director of Public Prosecutions Yvonne Atakora Obuobisa refuted.

However after hearing both sides the judge decided that the prosecution should furnish the defence with all remaining documents to ensure speedy trial.

Dr Opuni, businessman Seidu Agongo and AgriCult Ghana Company Limited, are facing 27 charges of willfully causing financial loss of GHS217million to the state, through three separate fertiliser supply contracts between 2014 and 2016.

The contracts were GHS43.1million (2013/2014 cocoa farming season), GHS75.3million (2014/2015 cocoa farming season) and GHS98.9million (2015/2016 cocoa farming season) totalling GHS217million through sole-sourcing, the state claimed, adding that procurement procedures for sole-sourcing were not followed.

According to the charges, the consignments of Lithovit Foliar were produced locally, contrary to an agreement between COCOBOD and AgriCult Ghana Company Limited that it be sourced from Germany.

Also, the Attorney General claims the fertilisers were manufactured without registration, thereby, flouting the Plants and Fertiliser Act 2010.