A Cape Coast Circuit Court yesterday adjourned the case involving the New Patriotic Party (NPP), parliamentary candidate for Hemang Lower Denkyira Constituency for the 2016 election, Bright Wereko-Brobbey, and 17 others for their alleged involvement in stealing and distributing 1,201 bags of cocoa fertiliser, belonging to the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).
The bags of fertiliser valued at GH¢201, 287.60, were allegedly stolen by Wireko-Brobbey from the Twifo Praso Office of COCOBOD, and distributed to some farmers believed to be NPP polling station executives for political favour.
The court, presided over by Kofi Seshie Ametewee, adjourned to September 9, following an appeal by the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Charles Yao Anku who prayed the court for adjournment, explaining that the docket on the case had been forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Department for advice.
At his first appearance in court on Wednesday, July 15, Mr. Wereko-Brobbey, who is a development specialist, pleaded not guilty to abetment of crime, and was granted bail in the sum of GH¢50,000 with two sureties.
Felix Kwame Quainoo and Ernest Odei-Larbi, both district officers of Cocobod and Kweku Nsowah, a farmer, who were charged with conspiracy and stealing, pleaded not guilty to the two charges and were each granted GH¢50,000 bail, with two sureties.
The alleged recipients are, Anthony Carr, Abena Towah, Abena Hawa, Abubakar Farouk, Obed Arhin,EfiaAyimadua, Lydia Cobbina, Mary Donkoh, Patience Ahimadu, Monica Boadu, Stephen Oppong and Isaac Antwi junior all farmers and Anane Otoo, an electrician and Salormey Larbi, unemployed.
They all pleaded not guilty and each was granted bail in the sum of GH¢10,000.
The prosecutor, during the first appearance, told the court that on Friday, June12, information circulated in the constituency that Wereko-Brobbey was distributing free cocoa fertiliser to some NPP polling station executives.
He said Carr was arrested with 38 bags of the fertiliser, but mentioned Wereko-Brobbey and Nsowah as the persons who gave the fertiliser to him for distribution.
But Wereko-Brobbey denied knowledge when he was arrested, however, after investigations it emerged that he conspired with Quainoo and Odei-Larbie to steal the fertiliser.
He explained that, further investigations revealed that the accused persons did not own cocoa farms, and that Quainoo did not use the right procedure to distribute the fertiliser to Odei-Larbie and Nsowah.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast