Opuni prays court to set aside an order to refreeze his accounts

Source: dailyguideafrica.com

Dr. Stephen Opuni, former CEO of COCOBOD has filed a motion praying an Accra High Court to set aside its order to refreeze his bank accounts.


Court orders Opuni’s accounts to be defrozen

According to the former COCOBOD CEO, on 23rd April, 2018, the court granted his application and ordered for the  release of his bank accounts at Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited and Ecobank Ghana Limited.

He states that his application was not opposed by the Respondent who was represented by Counsel.

According to Dr. Opuni, on 24th April, 2018, his lawyers received a letter from the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), informing him that EOCO had obtained another order freezing his accounts, which had been released the day before.

Dr. Opuni stated that he believed it was an error of law and an abuse of court processes, for the respondent who did not oppose the application for the release of his bank accounts, to commence a new suit on the same 23rd day of April, 2018, and obtain an order for a confirmation of a freezing order of his accounts.

According to Dr.  Opuni, the actions of EOCO have resulted in a situation where there are presently two opposing court orders compelling his bankers to abide by the two conflicting orders.

According to lawyers of Dr. Opuni, EOCO should have appealed against the order to defreeze his accounts, instead of bringing a fresh application.

The application also stated that the continuous freezing of his accounts continues to cause extreme hardship to him and his family since he has not had any access to his funds and has resorted to contracting loans when available to meet basic daily needs.

Source: GhanaJustice/F.Kyeremateng