July 12, 2024 4:49 am

Aggrieved Customs officers file petition for Augustine Adubofour to be probed over corruption, thievery at Tema Port

The Internal Affairs and Intelligence Unit of the Customs division of the GRA has been petitioned to launch investigations into the activities and conduct of one of their officers in charge of Post-Clearance Unit of the service, Augustine Kwame Adubofour.

The impending investigations follow a petition submitted to the unit since 2017 by some angry Customs officials and individuals who consider his conduct and activities at the port as affront and inimical to the integrity of the service.

The petitioners alleged Mr. Kwame Adubofour who operates a Cold Store called TKO Frozens Logistics limited, evaded tax to the tune of GH₵5 million but was left off the hook with the help of a former aide to the president, now a minister of state.

According to the allegations, he was transferred to the Ashanti Region for his gross misconduct. However, his transfer was revoked a few days later and was asked to return to his duty post in Accra.

Meanwhile, in 2009, similar investigations were conducted against some Customs officials where it was concluded that appropriate sanctions be instituted against the affected personnel.

The Petitioners further allege he’s part of a syndicate in the port that auctions containers belonging to hardworking Ghanaians who have stayed abroad for a long time and would want to settle down to enjoy the sweat of their labour.

The Petition further stated that through the help of some agents and former aide to the president, they have sold containers of suppliers at cheaper costs, having told such suppliers that their goods couldn’t be sold.

They, however, sell such goods and deprive the state of the needed revenue for development.

The spate of these activities of auctioning containers is worrying to the extent that it is gradually eroding the country of its good name.

Mr Adubofour, according to the petition, has established a Cold Store at Community 7, opposite Chemu Secondary School on a TDC land without permit and several efforts to deal with the situation has hit a snag due to the support he has from the Jubilee House.

The petitioners further allege in their petition that Mr Adubofour doesn’t wear the Customs uniform anymore, and has surrounded himself with a number of well-built men, popularly known as ‘machomen’ which makes it difficult for him to be questioned whenever he comes to the office.

The Petitioners described his frozen food importation business as conflict of interest since he cannot be a referee and a player at the same time.

The petitioners asked the Internal Affairs and Intelligence Unit of the service to investigate him and apply the available sanctions and punitive measure against him when he’s found liable of all allegations against him.

They, have, however, warned to petition EOCO, CHRAJ and the Criminal Investigations Department to investigate his tax evasion activities as well as his unexplained wealth if the unit fails to do so due to manipulation from government officials who are aiding him in his nefarious activities.

 

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