Businessman and National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome was reportedly attacked at the Achimota Mall by an angered citizen, who confronted him over the GHC51m debt refund. Woyome’s exoneration by the court was not pleasing to some as we can see from this incident.
A man boldly approached Woyome where he was seated in an eatery, and inquired when he was going to refund the money GHC51.2 million dubiously paid to him by the state.
According to an eye witness, Woyome was seated with his family at the eatery. His wife however, lied about her husband’s identity when the stranger asked if he (Woyome) was the one who defrauded the state. But on the contrary, Woyome admitted he was the one. Immediately the man pounced at him and seized him, asking him to return the money he was said to have ‘stolen’ from the country.
The action of the stranger who was supported by some people at the mall, frightened the businessman’s family. But Woyome who got hold of himself seized the man by the neck and dragged him outside to the police. This had by then created a scene at the Achimota Mall with a lot of shoppers’ attention drawn to Woyome and the man.
The man was however, taken by the police to Mile 7 police Station, with Woyome and his family following up to the station. Recent reports reveal that the man was later released after Woyome refused to write a statement at the station.
An Accra High Court presided over by John Ajet Nassam last year, acquitted and discharged Woyome of the charges of defrauding the state by false pretences and wilfully causing financial loss to the state.
Subsequently, the Auditor General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, who was unsatisfied with the ruling, filed for an appeal at the Court of Appeal challenging the businessman’s exoneration.
However, on March 10 2016, The Court of Appeal dismissed the motion filed by the AG. The proceeding which was a three man panel presided over by Justice Victor Ofoe, upheld the decision of the High Court which discharged Woyome of any criminal offence over the controversial GHC51m judgement debt paid to him by the state.
However, what these two rulings did was not pleasing to some as they expected Woyome to be convicted of a criminal offence.