Former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu, was sworn-into office as Special Prosecutor on February 23, 2018.
IMANI Africa Vice President, Kofi Bentil feels disappointed that the Office of the Special Prosecutor is yet to act on a petition, regarding the scandal that involved Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST) and two other private firms.
Kofi Bentil says the sluggish speed with which the Special Prosecutor is handling the request to investigate the sale of some 1.8million off-spec fuel to Movenpina and Zup Oil, is worrying.
“This is one of the things that’s disappointing about the Special Prosecutor. This is why we all fought for them to be put in place…” the private legal practitioner expressed Saturday, May 4, on JoyNews weekly analysis programme, Newsfile.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) led by its CEO, Duncan Amoah, petitioned the Martin Amidu-headed office early 2018, in what it claims is a case of causing financial loss to the state at BOST.
According to Duncan Amoah, Ghana lost in excess of Ȼ30million in revenue when BOST decided to sell 1.8 million barrels of crude oil to BB Energy, an unlicensed company. The losses, he insisted, were recorded at every stage of the value chain from the sale of the crude, to fees for holding the rest of the crude.
The Special Prosecutor also promised an action on the contents of the petition. And that action, Bentil notes, has taken too long a time to be seen. He concedes, the petroleum sector is complex but “this shouldn’t be too difficult to determine” so we can move on.
“It is not difficult for an investigation even within a year to determine all the facts …to come to a certain conclusion,” he noted.