The Executive Director of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, is ready to face the Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) in court amid the purported death threats on his life.
The alleged death threats are currently being investigated by the Tema Regional Police.
The BOST MD, Alfred Obeng Boateng, has sued Mr. Amoah contending that the claims that his associate issued the death threats were false.
He is seeking an injunction keeping Mr. Amoah from making such claims as well as GHc5 million in damages.
Mr. Amoah, speaking on Eyewitness News, however said he was yet to be served with the writ, adding that “this is a summons that our lawyers will equally deal with.”
He said he hoped Mr. Obeng Boateng would have waited for police investigations to end before taking such legal action.
“What I can say is that investigations into this is already underway with the Tema Police and one would have expected that we would at least get to end of the investigation so that if there is no substance in those threats, Mr. Obeng Boateng would have pursued another avenue.”
He maintained that the death threats were real and that “for three days, I have had to go without sleeping in my own house and that clearly is not a very pleasant situation.”
Background to death threats
At the centre of the threats are allegations that BOST cost the state GHC 23 million in revenue by selling some crude oil at a discount to an unregistered company.
According to Mr. Amoah, about 1.8 million barrels of crude oil was sold in the said transaction in September 2017.
He narrated that someone who claimed to be a friend of the BOST MD called him asking to meet over the claims.
“At the initial stage, all he [The caller] tried to sound nice suggesting that we should meet and see if there are compromises… When I objected he said the threats begun from some numbers,” he recounted.
“The person came trying to get a gentleman’s agreement from me as far as the report we have put together about the BOST transaction is concerned. When that backfired, they now resorted to threats and attempts to take me out completely.”
Despite the suit, Mr. Amoah said he would stick by his assertions.
“They should prepare Nsawam [Prison for me] because I would be willing to spend 1,000 years just fighting for what is right… If you sold Duncan Amoah, you wont get 5 million. He should rather go and do a criminal thing such that I can just go [to prison]. I am only asking questions and I will not keep quiet.”