The team besieged Woyome’s Kokomlemle Mansion to value the building to offset the GHS51.2million the Government of Ghana is trying to retrieve from him…
Some armed security men clashed with embattled businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome on Tuesday, September 20, after they stormed his residence to value the property.
The security officers who numbered over 25, were made up of personnel from the National Security, military and officials from the Ghana Valuation Board.
The team besieged Woyome’s Kokomlemle Mansion to value the building to offset the GHS51.2million the Government of Ghana is trying to retrieve from him. However, Woyome was not going to make it easy for them to have it their way.
In a bid to prevent the security operatives from entering into some parts of his Kokomlemle home, a police officer reportedly pointed a gun at Mr. Woyome’s wife claiming that he was being recorded.
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Mr. Woyome said he only allowed the security operatives into his home after they produced what looked like “an order from the Supreme Court.”
He continued that the security officers taunted him after one of them had pointed a gun on his wife. Mr. Woyome says he is willing to repay the GHc51million but added that he is being harassed by the state.
Woyome has been subjected to various forms of invasions by authorities since he was ordered by Supreme court to pay back a judgment debt of GHC51.2 million to the government.
According to reports, security operatives also stormed a residence at Trassaco reportedly owned by Mr. Woyome. This is not the first time the businessman had been harassed by authorities; both governmental and non-governmental, over the judgment debt saga.
Last year, UT Bank of Ghana Limited claimed ownership of the houses belonging to Woyome, thwarting moves by Attorney General’s (AG) Department to sell the properties in other to retrieve the GHC51.2 million state debt
Though it is legally right for the government to get hold of some properties belonging to Woyome, to retrieve the debt; the businessman has appealed to the government to also bear in mind his fundamental human rights while exercising authority.
Speaking to Joy News, he said that President Nana Addo should make efforts to live up to his much-touted human rights credentials.
The President did not come through coup d’etat [so] he should rein in on his people,” he said
Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million after he claimed that he helped Ghana to raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the amount, after Mr. Martin Amidu challenged the legality of the judgment debt paid the businessman, Waterville, and Isofoton.
Following delays in retrieving the money, the Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the court’s judgment ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the state.
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