Captain Smart shares a record of how he compelled the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to prosecute a former Chief Executive Officer of Venture Capital Trust Fund, Mr. Daniel Duku.
The former CEO of Venture Capital Trust Fund was accused for causing financial loss to the state in the tune of GHC 42.8 million.
Relating to that incident, Captain Smart disclosed that the state would have treated the issue with ‘soft gloves’ if he had not intervened. His argument was premised on the fact that some offenders of the state who have some political connections tend to be left off the hooks when there is a change of government.
He noted that no amount of pressure will get politically exposed but corrupt officials to be prosecuted for their offense as much as the government has an interest in their dealings. He intimated that some persons have been granted presidential pardon even after committing crimes against the state.
Captain Smart cried that the poor and ordinary Ghanaian get to be slapped with heavy sanctions when they commit a crime against, adding that “its sad Article 71 holders get spared for the same offense.”
“Go and ask EOCO the kind of pressure I gave them regarding the Venture Capital saga. I compelled them to haul that pressure on the Attorney-General to prosecute Mr. Duku. I caused him to be jailed. Go and ask.
“They will do nothing to them. The moment they are jailed, another government comes in and grants them a presidential pardon,” he explained.
Intervention By Prominent Figures
Captain Smart made a clarion call on the Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, Okyehene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, Rev. Stanley Martey, and other prominent figures to speak on corruption related matters that had bedeviled the current government. He believes that their involvement in the fight will help address the setbacks in fighting corruption in Ghana.
He noted that the silence of these figures is sickening and thus given room for public servants to further exploit the nation. Captain Smart added that it would make great impact, given the reputation these personalities have in the country to call on the President and his government to initiate actions to purge itself of corruption.
He expressed his disappointment with President Akufo Addo for having ‘failed’ to combat corruption in the country as he promised prior to his election in 2016.