Woyome Saga: O. B. Amoah’s Lawyer Suspects Foul Play

Counsel for former Deputy Education and Sports Minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Hon Osei Bonsu Amoah, who was picked up last night by the police for questioning in connection with the controversial GH¢51 million judgment debt award to businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome, believes there is more to it than meets the eye in the arrest of his client. Hon O. B. Amoah was arrested on Sunday night at about 9pm GMT at his Parakuo Estates residence, near Dome, and was whisked away by heavily “armed police men” in the presence of his wife to the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters. His counsel, Thaddeus Sory, however, says he still cannot understand the manner of the NPP MP’s arrest since he claims they have earlier sent a letter to police indicating their preparedness to cooperate with then regarding investigations into the Woyome scandal. He believes the same measure of treatment accorded a former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Betty Mould-Iddrisu would have sufficed and indirectly accused the police of double standards. It would be recalled that a couple of weeks ago, Madam Betty Mould Iddrisu’s lawyers wrote a letter to the police indicating her resolve to submit voluntary statement to the Ghana Police to aid in the on-going investigation in the Alfred Woyome Saga. An action which seems to have received the blessings of the police. Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show, ‘Kokrokoo’ on Monday morning, Thaddeus Sory said he does not understand why his client was arrested like a common criminal after the police had dutifully accepted their letter. “I have during the week written to the police saying that my client has heard discussions on radio mentioning him in connection with this Woyome matter and that he was willing to make himself available, corporate with the police and assist them in their investigations; so far as he had information that will help them in their efforts; he was going to make himself available at any time and any place if they informed him of when he will be required…We know that the police accepts letters from other persons like Madam Betty Mould Iddrisu informing them that they are willing to make themselves available; they have not effected their arrest in such a manner; so you give people some impression that in some instances, you can accept some particular situations and in another instances regardless of the facts, you will not accept it and that is our worry…” he said. Explaining further Lawyer Sory said per the letter written to the police, he assumed a phone call from the police requesting for the presence of his client would have been more appropriate. He added that even though they knew that Hon. O. B. Amoah was arrested in connection with the Woyome issue, they were later informed that he was going to be charged with corruption and wilfully causing financial loss to the state. He reiterated that he finds events surrounding his client’s arrest completely unacceptable and bizarre especially knowing that he was still on parliamentary duty.