COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah & A-G's team

The Attorney-General’s Office is promising speedy adjudication of criminal cases in support of the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).

Chief State-Attorney for Ashanti region, Ernest Ayeh, said the number of attorneys posted to the A-G’s office in the region currently makes it possible to speedily study and advise on cases.

Though the Attorney-General’s office has struggled to work on cases in the past, it has recently been resourced, with at least 30 attorneys assigned to the agency’s Kumasi office alone.

“Fortunately, now we have quiet a number of attorneys. Gone were the days that the A-G’s office was struggling to do cases because of the very few number of attorneys that we had.

But I think over the past years, efforts have been made to resource the office and in fact, Kumasi is the next office after Accra, which has the largest number of attorneys working.  And so definitely, when you bring the work, we will work. It’s going to be on a daily basis,” Mr. Ayeh  said.

The Executive Director of EOCO, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has been soliciting the support of the A-G’s office with a call for the appointment of a stand-by attorney to work on EOCO cases.

During a working visit to the Ashanti region, she met heads of sister security agencies to get acquainted with the work of EOCO in the region.

According to COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, collaboration between EOCO and the A-G’s office will go a long way to improve case management.

“We want you to get involved from the start. When they start a case, we want them to come and see you so that you start giving the appropriate direction right from the word go so that when the docket is completed and it’s brought to your attention for review, it’s not like you have to start reading from page 1 to Page 10. You’ve been part of the case from the beginning. So that it doesn’t delay and it will speed up the process.”

“Once they open the diary of action, they are in your office to discuss the case with you and then you start giving the advice and the direction right from the word-go so that we get it right from the beginning”.

Chief State-Attorney for Ashanti region, Ernest Ayeh welcomed the proposal from the EOCO boss.

He assured of the A-G’s support to speed up criminal investigations.

“It has always been a challenge that dockets would have to take about a year before it comes to the A-G’s office.  We look at it; we put the law by it and then realize no somebody has said this, we should have taken the statement of this person.

“I believe that, this is a  good one that right from the onset, we all start working.

“Then we would be more than willing to work with you,” he said.

COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah also visited the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Afful Boakye Yiadom and the Regional Director of the National Investigations Bureau.