A former Northern Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP), Mr. Alhassan Adoo has been granted sixty two thousand cedis (62,000) bail for allegedly defrauding a farmer.
Chairman Adoo was arrested by the northern regional police command at about 7pm Tuesday amidst intense pressure to release him by some top governing party bigwigs.
He was charged with defrauding by false pretenses. He is alleged to have defrauded a farmer cum shea nut dealer to the tune of 60,900 Ghana cedis.
Chairman Adoo is expected to report to the CID on a daily basis until the prosecuting unit presents the docket to the high court for prosecution to commence.
The farmer, Mr. Nashiru Mohammed Basharu said: 'There were so many big people at the police station just to secure his release but as an honest individual, I stood my grounds and he spent the night in police cells."
Background: Mr. Basharu went into a verbal agreement in full trust with chairman Adoo some seven years ago. Mr. Adoo allegedly promised to provide the farmer with three farm tractors. According to the farmer, Mr. Adoo collected interests amounting to 60,900 Ghana cedis for almost seven years.
After the NPP lost power, Mr. Basharu said he helped Mr. Addo to maintain his house while waiting for the tractors but was disappointed that the promise was never kept.
He said Mr. Adoo mentioned the late NPP national chairman, Mr. Jake Obetsi Lamptey and the former chief of staff during president Kufour's regime, Mr. Kwado Mpianim as those who willing to help groom business minded party loyalists so that they could support the party financially when it came back to power.
According to Mr. Basharu, Mr. Adoo told him the tractors were at unknown warehouse meant to be distributed to NPP members. Upon realizing he was duped, Mr. Basharu said he went to Accra and met Mr. Kojo Mpianim who told him the said deal was a sham and he must pursue chairman Adoo for his money.
The farmer told Zaa News that he could not meet the late Mr. Lamptey to hear his side of the story because he was not well at the time. The initial agreement was that chairman Adoo will provide two tractors and later add one making it three.
All this while, the police was aware of the case because it has been pending for about seven years now.