Opuni, Agongo trial lands in troubled waters

Documents upon documents, continue to pop up at the ongoing criminal trial of the former Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Stephen Opuni and businessman, Seidu Agongo which is making government’s case a herculean task.

One such document, dated July 2017, which reveals that even in the heat of investigations by the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), was testing and renewing its certification of the Lithovit fertilizer and identifying it as liquid.

The said letter, was written and signed by Rev Father Oddorye (Phd), a Deputy Executive Director of Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG).

It is presently before the court as a prove of Seidu Agongo and Agricult’s defence that Lithovit fertilizer, has always remained a liquid substance, certified and highly recommended for use in cocoa cultivation by CRIG.

The second document dated October 21, 2014, was authored by Dr.Gilbert Anim-Kwapong, then an Executive Director of CRIG.

It had asked Agricult to sponsor a training programme for cocoa farmers and Cocoa extensions workers on the use of “Lithovit liquid fertilizer”.

Seidu Agongo’s Agricult, paid CRIG for the training programme and was issued a receipt. This was after an invoice was issued the agro company.

In all the documents, Lithovit was identified as a liquid fertilizer and not a powdery substance as claimed by Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo.

There is yet another document dated November 20, 2014, and authored by Dr. Kwabena Opoku Ameyaw, the then Deputy Executive Director of CRIG, where the institute demanded for a renewal of the certification of Lithovit in 2015.

Again, in that document and its attachments including receipts and invoices, the fertilizer was identified by CRGI as a liquid.


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