Dr Arthur was never Head of Soil Science Division - Accused Lawyer

Monday 12th November, 2018
Dr Stephen Opuni 112

By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Nov. 12, GNA – Mr Samuel Cudjoe, the Counsel for Dr Stephen Opuni on Monday expressed doubts that Dr Alfred Arthur, a Scientist at the Soil Science Division of Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), was the Acting Head of the Division.

He told an Accra High Court that with every appointment in any Division under CRIG, the communication was done through writing to the appointees but in the case of the witness, he claimed no letter was given him.

Mr Cudjoe was conducting cross-examination of Dr Arthur who is the second Prosecution witness in the trial of Dr Stephen Opuni former Chief Executive Officer of the COCOBOD and Mr Seidu Agongo, also the Chief Executive Officer of Agricult Ghana Limited.

Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretences, wilfully causing financial loss to the state, money laundering, corruption by public officer and contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They have pleaded not guilty and have been granted a GH¢300,000.00 each self-recognisance bail by the Court.

The 1st Accused counsel asked Dr Arthur whether he was presently the Acting Head of the Division but he answered in the negative.

Counsel proceeded to asked when he ceased to be the Acting Head of the Division under CRIG of which he said November 2, 2018, he was asked further whether at the last adjourned date he knew he was no more the Acting Head of which he answered in the negative.

when asked, whether he was given an appointment letter, the witness said he was not given any appointment letter as the Acting Head but Mr Cudjoe disagreed and told the court that at CRIG all appointment to positions and even acting positions were communicated through writing.

The witness however disagreed and said that not in all cases were appointment letters given, adding that; “My Lord I was not given an appointment letter but I was asked to act in place of Mr A. A. Afrifa, who was on retirement”.

The Court presided over by Justice Clemence Honyenugah, an Appeal Court Judge, sitting as an additional High Court Judge adjourned the case to Wednesday 14, for continuation of further cross-examination of the witness.