6 Arrested For Diverting 600 Bags Of Cocoa

IMG_7478Six people, who connived to divert 600 bags of cocoa beans belonging to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) from Apowa Commodity Village in the Western Region, have appeared before a Takoradi Circuit Court.

Three of the accused, Charles Essien, Eric Ofosu Addo and Albert Acheampong, are facing charges of conspiracy to steal and stealing, while Evans Owusu, Abdullah Moro and Nkansah Anyanful, have been charged with dishonestly receiving.

The accused, who are all on bail pleaded not guilty to the charges and are to appear again before the court, presided over by Mr. Charles B. Nimako, on Thursday, February 30, 2013.

The facts of the case according to the prosecution, are that in August last year, there was a reported case of diversion of 600 bags of cocoa beans from Apowa Commodity Village near Takoradi.

As result, the Intelligence Unit of Ghana Cocoa Board, plunged into an investigations during which the six were found in-depth culpable of the crime.

The prosecution told the court that the investigations had revealed that Messrs Adorc Construction Limited and Xman, were engaged by COCOBOD to cart 4000 bags and 3200 bags of cocoa beans from Takoradi to Tema.

To evacuate the cocoa within the stipulated time, the contractors were hired vehicle with registration No. AS 8496 – 09 to cart 400 bags and 200 bags respectively for Adorc Construction Limited and Xman.

The said vehicle on the August 9, 2013 loaded a total of 600 bags for the two companies from Zamil 4 at Apowa Shed for which they issued waybill number 097481 and 097482 but has up to date not delivered the consignment at Tema.

Following a tip-off by an informant, the Intelligent Unit of GCB and the Greater Accra Regional Police CID arrested Charles Essien otherwise known as Capo; Eric Ofosu Addo alias Opoku Santana, Albert Acheampong Alhaji, as well asEvans Owusu and Abdalla Moro, Breman Asikuma and Agona Nsaba District Managers of Evadox respectively.

“All the six suspects were handed over to the Western Regional Police for further investigations,” the prosecution said.

It added that  in their respective statement to the police, Charles Essien, Eric Ofosu Addo and Albert Acheampong confessed to playing vital roles in the diversion and that the vehicles number was forged.

They further confessed that the consignment was offloaded into Evadox Depot at Agona Nsabaa.

The two district managers also confessed having received the 600 bags of cocoa beans which they said were de-sealed and turned into new jute sacks.

They further confessed that they had 200 bags each, which they re-graded, sealed and evacuated to the Tema Port. From Peter Gbambila – Takoradi

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