The Paramount Chief of the Offinso Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region, Nana Wiafe Akenten III, is ‘hot’ as the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) is probing him over the embezzlement of some 230 million Ghana Cedis, belonging to the town, paid him by the Ministry of Health, over the sale of a landed property owned by the town.
Nana Wiafe Akenten III, is also accused of failure to account for another GH¢450,000, paid him by the Ghana Water Company as compensation for the construction of the Barekese Dam.
The monies were said to have been paid into the private bank account of Offinsohene, instead of the Offinsohene Traditional Area’s bank account.
Offinsohene, has confirmed receiving the cash, but disclosed that that GH¢900,000, have been paid to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso North, A.C. Ntim and others for some projects embarked on by them in the area.
The Executive Director of EOCO, Mr K.K Amoah, confirmed to The Herald on Saturday that indeed, EOCO, is investigating the Offinsohene over some issues, but declined to give additional details on the matter.
This paper’s information is that, the Concern Citizens of the Offinso Traditional Area, are unhappy over how the Paramount Chief, Nana WiafeAkenten III, is taken the citizens of the area for granted over the whereabouts of the money.
In this regard, they on May 14, 2018, they petitioned the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.K Amidu to prosecute him, but in a letter dated May 28, 2018, Mr Amidu redirected the petitioners to EOCO.
The Special Prosecutor, had explained that his office, purely deals with corruption or corruption related transactions or offenses.
Based on the Special Prosecutor’s advised, the group petitioned EOCO, praying the office to investigate the Offinsohene for allegedly embezzling the compensation money.
They alleged that, the Offisohene misappropriated and did not account for over 23 million Ghana Cedis paid by the Ministry of Health (MoH) for some buildings owned by the people of Offinso, that the Offinso state, had wanted to use to build a Technical University.
They added that, another payment made by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to the Offinso state for the construction of the Barekese Dam project that the elders and people wanted, has not been accounted for.
The Concern Citizens explained that the first amount of 1,850,000 million Ghana Cedis, paid to the Offinso Traditional Council by the MoH to take over the building camp, left behind by the management of MFS contractors came in two installments; the first 1,000,000 Ghana Cedis that was supposed to go the Traditional Council was credited to the personal Barclays Bank account of the Offinsohene on September 7, 2011 from a Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) cheque issued by the MoH.
They added also that, the MoH issued another GCB cheque of GHC850,000 on October 19, 2011 for the first installment, which the Offinsohene credited to his personal Barclays Bank account once again, instead of the Traditional Council, making it a total of 1,850,000 million Ghana cedis.
The Concern Citizens of Offinso, also alleged that reports reaching them indicates that Nana WiafeAkenten III also transferred 500,000 Ghana cedis into the personal accounts of the MP for Offinso North, on September 12, 2011 and another transfer of 400,000 Ghana cedis to that same MP’s account on October 21, 2011.
The group disclosed that, another misappropriation scandal implicating the Offinsohene is an alleged GHC450,000 Ghana cedis which was paid to the Offinso Traditional Council by GWCL.
In a press released, the Concern Citizens of Offinso stated that, on November 22, 2005, the Governing Board at its 212th Regular Meeting, approved a total of about 7.821,234 million Ghana Cedis, of which the Offinso Traditional Council, had no knowledge of how it was spent.
Speaking on the allegations on the media published by the Chronicle newspaper, Nana Wiafe Akenten, said he had paid GH¢900,000 to the Odikro of Ayensua for the benefit of the communities in the Barekese catchment area.
The Offinsohene in the report, also asserted that GH¢900,000 was paid to the MP, as his personal contribution towards some projects, including dormitories, for the Nkenkensu and Akomadan Senior High schools.
But Chairman of the Concern Citizen of Offinso, Mr Kofi Appau, debunked the October 4, 2018 publication in the Chronicle, which stated that the Nkenkasu facility is the property of Nana WiafeAkenten III as a person, and that the proceeds accruing from the facility are exclusively for his benefit.
The group, explained that, the Nkenkasu property, was given to the traditional area through him as the Paramount Chief of the area.
The group went further to explain that correspondence dated May 12, 2012, MSF Construction handed over the Nkenkasu campsite keys to Nana WiafeAkenten III , in appreciation for his support to the construction of the Kumasi-Techiman highway project, because he served as a representative of the traditional area, adding receiving the facility does make Nana WiafeAkenten III, the sole owner of the property.
They insisted that, the Nkenkasu property has been sold outright to the MoH, and not rented as claimed Nana Wiafe Akenten III.