Kofi Adams: Ibrahim Mahama is innocent

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The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has registered its displeasure over the manner in which government is handling the case of businessman, Ibrahim Mahama, over some alleged dishonoured cheques.

The NDC said Ibrahim, a brother of former President John Mahama did not commit any crime when he issued 44 cheques to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The cheques were meant to offset debts incurred by two companies – MBG Limited and Holman Brothers – for the clearance of some heavy duty equipment at the Tema Port in 2015.

Mr. Mahama is said to own the two companies.

But NDC National Organiser, Kofi Adams explained in an interview on Monday that, government’s handling of the issue smacked of an attempt to victimise the businessman because of his relationship with the past NDC administration.

“Ghanaians did not spend time to vote for a government to go after political opponent to destroy their businesses. This is not right,” Mr. Adams maintained.

The former President’s brother was invited by EOCO to aid it in its investigation into the matter on two occasions last week. He was invited on Tuesday and Friday.

After some interrogation which lasted for eight hours, the businessman was asked to make payment or risk losing the equipment he cleared at the port.

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has directed, Mr. Mahama who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Engineers and Planners to pay the amount of GHC12 million owed the state by May 8, 2017.

Assistant Commissioner for Communications at the GRA, Robert Mensah explained the Authority has given Mr. Mahama two weeks to ensure his companies redeem the debt.

But the NDC has, from the first day the businessman was invited, described the probe by EOCO as “political witchhunting” triggered by the government.

Mr. Adams said it was not right for government to terminate the payment arrangement between Mr. Mahama and GRA. “Why defy this arrangement and make it criminal?”

He said Mr. Mahama has not denied owing the state for which reason he did not deserve the bad reportage which could potentially affect his businesses.

“This government must stop witchhunting innocent citizens,” he added.

The Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George also stated that the accounts used by Mr. Mahama to issue the cheques were not closed as claimed by the Authority.

According to him, the accounts may have been dormant.

The MP has been speaking for Mr. Mahama since news about his companies broke out.

-myjoyonline.com

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