Special Prosecutor is a small boy, he can’t destroy me – Customs boss

Colonel Kwadwo Damoah (rtd.), Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has hit back at the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.

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He said the Special Prosecutor is a small boy who is on a mission to destroy his reputation, however, he would fight back.

Speaking to some senior Customs officers at a retreat in Kumasi, Damoah said the allegations filed against him and some senior officers were a calculated attempt to dent his reputation.

According to him, the claims are being made by some disgruntled members of the customs service who are jealous of his control in the sector.

He added that as long as he remains in the command he will ensure his officers are protected against unfortunate intimidation.

Three days ago a report purported to be coming from the Office of the Special Prosecutor trying to indict the Deputy Commissioner of Operations and myself [but] anybody who has read that report very well will know the basis of that.

And luckily for Me, God is always on my side, before that report came that person had made a comment to some people who had come to tell me [that] he [Special Prosecutor] was going to publish that will discredit me…and I sent people to go and tell him that he is a small boy and I am older than him, I have lived a meaningful life and if he attempts to destroy me it won’t be easy for him. People have tried and I have survived and this one too I will survive it,” Col Damoah said.

The investigative report from the Office of the Special Prosecutor dated August 3, 2022, and titled: “Report of Investigation into Alleged Commission of Corruption and Corruption Related Offences involving Labianca Group of Companies and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority” indicated that the frozen foods company owner used her position to evade taxes.

According to the report, Asomah-Hinneh used her position as a member of the Council of State and member of the Board of Directors of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) to influence a favourable decision from the Customs Divisions of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), leading to a reduction in the tax liabilities of Labiance Company Ltd.

The report further noted that an amount of GH¢1.074 million which represents a deficit in import duties paid to the state has been retrieved.

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