Stop The Crocodile Tears: Sekou Bemoans K. T. Hammond

KKwabena Tahiru  Hammond should spare Ghanaians his “crocodile tears”, Dr. Sekou Nkrumah has stated.

The former Deputy Minister of Energy almost shed tears as he gave testimony before the Judgment Debt Commission on Monday, about the whereabout of US$3.5 million of US$24 million realised from the sale of a drillship in 2001 belonging to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.

An emotional and near-teary Mr.  Hammond complained to the commission about how bad press concerning his role in the vessel’s sale, was virtually killing his mother.

“…My mother is dying because of this,” he cried to the commission.

However, Dr. Nkrumah, youngest son of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, told XYZ Breakfast on Tuesday that: “Even people are now…shedding crocodile tears and so on.”

According to him, “who cares about your mother or grandmother in the village?”

An amount of US$19.5 million of the sale proceeds was allegedly used to pay off a judgment debt slapped against GNPC in favour of French Bank, Societe Generale by an English Court.

US$900,000 was deposited into an escrow account to settle GNPC’s indebtedness to some of its creditors and suppliers, while US$100,000 was used to pay legal fees concerning the sale transaction.

The missing US$3.5 million, according to Mr. Hammond and his former boss, Albert Kan-Dapaah, was deposited into an account of the Government of Ghana at the Ghana International Bank in London on the orders of the then Acting High Commissioner, Chris Kpodo.

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