A journalist with an Accra-based Peace FM has found himself on the wrong side of the law as Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Innovations (MESTI), Prof Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has requested the Police Service to probe him and three others alleged to have engaged in money laundering activities.
They are the journalist, Seth Mantey, former Central Region Coordinator of the National Security, John Ofori-Atta, and suspended Central Regional Vice-Chair of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ekow Ewusi, who is already in police custody.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng’s request for probe stems from the alleged roles the three men played in the sale of excavators belonging to illegal miners which were confiscated by the Operation Vanguard team.
The minister, in a formal notice to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) dated February 5, 2020, indicated that the journalist, Seth Mantey, had confessed to using his bank account as a conduit for the transfer of money earned from the illicit sale of equipment confiscated from illegal miners.
“In the course of investigations, Mr Mantey confessed that he was contracted by Mr. John Ofori-Atta, then National Security Coordinator for the Central Region, and Mr Ekow Ewusi, to use his bank account at the National Investment Bank for what effectively was money laundering,” the minister’s letter to the CID read in part.
It added: “The proceeds from the excavator sales were lodged in Seth Mantey’s bank account.”
The letter claimed that the monies lodged in Mantey’s bank account were later cashed and given to Mr. Ofori-Atta who in turn, gave some to Mr. Ekow Ewusi.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng was convinced the activities of the three persons amounted to organised crime that needed to be investigated by the appropriate authority.
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Pix: Seth Mantey, Journalist with Peace FM