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Special Prosecutor Freezes All Of Late Sir John’s Assets

The Late Sir John

The assets of the late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, have all been frozen by the Special Prosecutor’s Office.

This latest move is part of an ongoing investigation into the acquisition of state lands contained in the Will of the former Forestry Commission Chief Executive.

According to reports, procedures are being put in place to freeze his assets abroad as well.

Sir John’s Will, outlining how he distributed his estates upon his death, surfaced online about a week ago. Among other things, it was revealed that he had left some relatives portions of the Achimota forest and the Sakumono Ramsar site.

Many Ghanaians were outraged by the document, which came as the government signed an Executive Instrument declassifying parts of the Achimota Forest and returning them to their allodial owners.

Some civil society organizations had asked the Special Prosecutor and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to look into Sir John’s will on state lands.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor last week launched an investigation into Sir John’s alleged corruption in the acquisition of state lands within the Achimota forest and the Sakumono Ramsar site.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources also stated that it would look into the provisions of the Will pertaining to land acquisition.

The late Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie did not own any land in the Achimota Forest or the Sakumono Ramsar Site, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources on May 24, 2022.

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