May 22, 2024

Ghana’s Deputy Attorney General, Alfred Tuah Yeboah, has expressed the state’s satisfaction with the outcome of the trial of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Sedina Tamakloe Attionu.

Speaking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on the Asaase Breakfast Show monitored by, Mr. Tuah Yeboah noted that the case had been ongoing for almost five years, and the state was pleased with the final judgment.

“I will say the state is happy with the outcome of the trial because this case started from 2019 to 2024, almost five years, after calling seven witnesses and after spending a lot of energy on this matter, we were able to get a conviction and not only  a mere conviction, a conviction with 10-year jail sentence for Madam Tamakloe and 5-year jail sentence for the other gentleman.” He said.

Sedina Tamakloe Attionu, the former MASLOC boss, was recently convicted on charges of willfully causing financial loss to the state and abuse of office.

Daniel Axim, a former chief operating officer of MASLOC has also been sentenced to five years in jail with hard labor.

The two were found guilty on 78 counts of causing financial loss to the state, stealing, conspiracy to steal, money laundering, and causing loss to public property in contravention of public procurement law.

On 24 February 2023, the court granted an application by the prosecution to conduct the trial in the absence of Attionu, after the court allowed her to go to the United States in 2021 for medical attention but she has since not returned.

The case, which was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, had been closely watched by the public, given the high-profile nature of the allegations and the length of time it took to reach a conclusion.

Alfred Tuah Yeboah, further revealed that, aside the court has also ordered Sedina Tamakloe Attionu to refund the money that the state lost during her tenure in office.

“Apart from these two sentences, there is an order directing Tamakloe to also refund the money that the state has lost. So, I will say the state is satisfied with the outcome of this particular matter,” he said.