Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has sued former Information Minister, Sabah Zita Benson, for releasing ‘false’ claims against him in the Agyapa Royalties deal.
In a writ submitted at the High Court, lawyers of Mr Otchere-Darko claimed the former Minister took to Facebook and made accusations of corrupt conduct against their customer in the bargain which has amassed huge public attention.
The suit likewise noted that the former ambassador accused the lawyer of using his law practice to siphon state sources.
Mr Otchere-Darko is currently in court with a member of the Minority in Parliament over similar cases on the Royalties deal.
Agyapa deal in Ghana’s rate of interest– Finance Minister
The government has kept that the approval of 5 arrangements to permit a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), Agyapa Royalties Limited, to utilize Ghana’s mineral royalties to protect $1 billion is in the best interest of Ghana.
The Minister of Financing, Ken Ofori-Atta, has clarified that the bargain would allow the government to utilize Ghana’s mineral royalties to finance big infrastructural projects, especially in mining areas.
The Minister has subsequently dispelled some public assertions that the bargain was shrouded in secrecy and increased conflict of interest concerns.
He has emphasized that due treatment was followed in passing the Minerals Revenue as well as Investment Fund Act, 2018 (Act 978) and the subsequent approval of the 5 arrangements that led the way for Agyapa Royalties to have the legal rights to mineral royalties in the country.
Source: Ghana Waves