Woyome Sues EOCO...Questions Its Mandate To Investigate Him

Lawyers of beleaguered NDC finacier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, on Tuesday afternoon filed two writs questioning the authority of the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) to investigate the controversial GH¢58 million cedi paid to him by the state. They are praying for an interlocutory injunction restraining the EOCO and its agents, workmen, and for instance anybody or any group of persons or person carrying out investigations relating to the payment of the judgement debt. Woyome's lawyers claim once a court of competent jurisdiction has determined a matter, such as the Woyome case, and its merits, no other organization can open up the case again except a superior court. The lawyers are also challenging EOCO’s action to freeze Mr. Woyome’s bank accounts. President John Evans Atta Mills last year directed the EOCO to investigate the circumstances surrounding the payment of Forty Two Million Ghana Cedis (GH42 million) to Vamed/Waterville Engineering and Mr. Alfred Woyome as judgement debt. A statement issued by Head of Communications at the Presidency, Koku Anyidoho, stated that the EOCO is also to find out the total amount of monies paid out as judgment debts since the present administration took over the reins of government on 7th of January, 2009 and who the beneficiaries are. The judgment debt was reached after Mr. Woyome had gone to court to seek redress for alleged illegal abrogation of his contract on renovations he did on some stadia towards Ghana’s hosting of the 2008 African Cup of Nations. Reports say the EOCO has not been served with the summons yet.