The Eastern Regional Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Fred Dzeny, has been suspended for asking President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to prosecute his own appointees as part of the efforts to fight corruption.
Mr Dzeny said in a recent interview with journalists that: “The ruling government should be ready first and foremost to prosecute their own when the slightest incident of corruption is raised against the ruling government then they can also get the guts to prosecute the opposition.”
“When you look at the corruption cases in Ghana, it is not just politicians who are corrupt, the public servants, civil servants, they are all corrupt. When you look at it, it is the Chief Directors who prepare contract documents and other things, so, if we are blaming the politicians, it is not right, it is the public servants generally.”
However, a statement from the EOCO head office in Accra on Monday, 5 November signed by ACP K. K. Amoah (), described the utterances as unethical.
The statement said: “EOCO, as an institution, dissociates itself from the said publication. The statement made by the Eastern Regional Director, Fred Dzeny is an expression of his personal view and has nothing to do with the Office.
“The Office considers his conduct as against the ethical and professional standards of the Office. He has, therefore, been suspended and the matter referred to the appropriate unit for investigation.”