…For Stealing 390 Bags Of Cocoa Fertilizer
Two police officers, have been arrested for diverting 390 bags of stolen fertilizers valued at 50,000 cedis meant for cocoa farmers at Sankore in the Asunafo South District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Constables, Kyei Amoah and Osei Tutu, 27 years and 31 years respectively, are currently at the visibility unit of the Ghana Police Service at Suame in Kumasi.
Briefing the media at the Police Regional Headquarters in Sunyani, the Regional Commander, DCOP Maxwell Atingane, said upon tip off, the police intercepted a Leyland truck at 10:00pm on Monday at Acherensua police check point, loaded with 390 bags of fertilizers meant for cocoa farmers at Sankore in the Asunafo District of the
Brong Ahafo region.
These items were being escorted by the two constables and the owner of the items, Job Asamoah, who is at large.
Joy News reports that, the 27-year-old truck driver, Yaw Banahene, is also in the grips of the police.
DCOP Maxwell Atingane, said the officers, have been charged for abetment of crime and the owner of the fertilizers would be fished out from his hide out
Speaking to Joy News, Thomas Tweneboa-Kodua, Regional manager of cocoa health and extension division of cocoa board, said some of the farmers are involved in the scam, as some of them sell the fertilizers given to them free by the government, instead of using it on their farms.
He said two farmers, Yaw Awuah and Osei Bonsu both at Ajumakase, sold their fertilizers to Job Asamoah, owner of Job and Sons Agro chemicals at Sankore, while Kofi
Brobbey and Kwaku Dede at Kwapong, bought from some other farmers and sold to other Agro chemical sellers.
This comes days after the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), dragged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Hemang Lower Denkyira Constituency, Bright Wereko Brobbey, and 17 others to court for allegedly stealing fertilizers belonging to the Board.
Wereko Brobbey, is alleged to have distributed the fertilizers to delegates in his Constituency during the recently held parliamentary primaries of the NPP.
Joy News’ Central Regional correspondent, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko, who was in court mentioned COCOBOD regional manager, Eugene Gyamfi, as the complainant.
According to the complainant, the fertilizers were meant for distribution to cocoa farmers, but were given freely to NPP polling station executives to entice them to vote for the parliamentary candidate.
The quantity of fertilizer bags involved is 1201 and valued at 210, 287 Ghana cedis. The beneficiaries, according to the facts presented to the court, do not own cocoa farms to be entitled to free cocoa distribution. Even those with farms, have smaller farm size that do not warrant the quantity of fertilizers they received.
The distributors, according to the prosecutor, were arrested and the bags of fertilizers retrieved from them. Bright Wereko Brobbey, has therefore, been charged with aiding and abetment of crime. Others were charged with stealing and dishonestly receiving the cocoa fertilizers.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were granted bail to reappear on August 12, 2015. Mr. Wereko Brobbey, who is a community development specialist, is believed to have gotten the fertilizers from the second accused, Felix Kwame Quainoo, a district cocoa officer.
Meanwhile, counsel for the defendants, Michael Ato Dadzie, told the media he would not read politics into the case, but was confident his clients are innocent and “at the appropriate time we will prove the innocence of the accused persons.”