The EOCO held its maiden Stakeholder Engagement on its activities on July 10, 2019. On this occasion, the EOCO took the commendable and unprecedented step of opening itself up for institutional assessment, and, requested the writer to do this assessment, with a view to coming out with recommendations to enable it to better serve the Ghanaian public in accordance with its mandate.

This paper represents the writer’s assessment of the operations of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) as a State institution and has considered EOCO’s written responses to some of the issues raised during the assessment. The paper finds that, while there is sufficient evidence of EOCO’s efforts towards achieving its second objective, i.e. facilitate the confiscation of the proceeds of crime, the current legal framework of EOCO undermines its ability to deliver on its first and primary object, i.e. the detection and prevention of organised crime. The paper recommends a reconsideration of our mindset and toolkit for our anti-graft campaign evidenced in our legal framework.

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