Mr. Martin Alamisi Amidu, former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, yesterday withdrew the application he filed at the Supreme Court seeking permission to orally examine Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome, on oath to ascertain whether he is (Woyome) in a position, financially, to pay back the GH¢51.2 million, paid to him by the state as judgement debt.
He explained that a new government had taken over the affairs of this nation, and a new Attorney-General, had also been appointed, and therefore, did not want to pursue the case, but leave it in the hands of the New Patriotic Party administration, to take the necessary steps to recover the money from the businessman, as they promised during the 2016 election campaign.
“I would know the next action to take if, nothing is done as soon as practicable to resolve this issue,” he told The Ghanaian Times after the court’s sitting.
Mr. Justice Anin Yeboah, presiding judge, acceded to Mr. Amidu’s request and struck out the case.
The former Attorney-General had for the past two years, not been happy with the snail-pace at which the AG’s Department was recovering the money, after the Supreme Court unanimously delivered its judgement on July 29, 2014, in favour of Mr. Amidu and subsequently ordered Mr. Woyome to refund the amount he collected (GH¢51.2) to the state.
What finally necessitated his application seeking leave to orally examine Mr. Woyome on oath was the AG’s filing of Notice of Discontinuance on October 31, 2016, after ordering Woyome to avail himself on November 10, 2016, to be examined orally on oath to ascertain whether he (Woyome) had what it took to pay back the judgement debt.
Meanwhile, Mr. Woyome had already paid GH¢4 million as part-payment to the state and as well given an undertaking to the former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, that he would be paying GH¢5 million every four months commencing April 1, 2017, until final payment of outstanding balance on March 31, 2019.
By Castro Zangina-Tong