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Posts Tagged ‘COP MAAME TIWAA ADDO-DANQUAH’

THE YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN CONGRESS (YAWC) GHANA CHAPTER PAYS COURTESY CALL ON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF EOCO

A three (3)-member team from the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office on Monday, 18th March 2024.

The pan-African women network whose aim is to empower and encourage the advancement of women and the girl child on the continent visited the Office following the celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day.

The group was elated that the Office for the first time has seen the appointment of a female Executive Director and wanted to take the opportunity to invite her to be a Patron of the Ghana Chapter of their network.

Their President and head of delegation, Ms. Matilda Hammond, added that the Network has over the previous years been involved in the rescue of victims of rape and other forms of violence against women in Africa. It is therefore their belief that COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah and EOCO for that matter will be instrumental in matters pertaining to Human Trafficking and all other criminal endeavors that women in these areas will be privy to. She added that COP Addo-Danquah will serve as a mentor and encouragement for young women and girls across the continent to aspire to greater heights.

The Executive Director, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo -Danquah in her remarks commended the tremendous work that the team was doing. She, as a professional accountant and financial crime professional, sought to find out the source of funding for the network and engaged the ladies on some matters relating to their activities.

She further accepted their request to be their patron and added that she would have wished such women groups existed when she was younger to serve as an encouragement for her and all women leaders to unearth the potential that exist in them as young women and girls.

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INAUGURATION OF A LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE 14TH REGIONAL AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE HEADS OF ANTI-CORRUPTION ORGANISATIONS IN COMMONWEALTH AFRICA

An event to inaugurate the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 14th Regional and Annual General Meeting of the Heads of Anti-Corruption Organisations in Commonwealth Africa came off successfully on 24 January, 2024 at the Head Office of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Accra.

In her welcome address, the Executive Director (ED) of EOCO, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah expressed delight that the 2024 edition will be hosted by Ghana from 12th -18th May 2024 and that EOCO being one of the three Anti-corruption Agencies (CHRAJ and OSP) is leading the organisation of the event. 

She said in all, 21 Commonwealth African Countries are expected to participate in this year’s event. It will be a meeting to exchange ideas, share knowledge and adopt best practices from the respective participating countries. She further outlined the role of the LOC.

The Board Chairman of EOCO, Mr. Stephen Raymond Dapaah-Addo (Esq) swearing in the 13-member LOC made up of representatives from the Security and Anti-corruption  Agencies, charged members to work assiduously to organise an event that will project the image of EOCO and lift high the flag of Ghana.

The Strategic Chairman of the LOC, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Republic, Hon. Alfred Tua-Yeboah, accepted the responsibility and challenge and assured all stakeholders of a very wonderful event.

On his part, the Head of Public Sector Governance at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Dr. Roger Koranteng gave a brief historical perspective on the annual general meetings of the Anti-corruption agencies within the African Commonwealth States and pledged his strong support to the LOC and EOCO towards a successful event.

Present at the event were Mr. Abdulai Bashiru Dapilah, Deputy Executive Director; Operations, Mrs. Aba J. Opoku, Deputy Executive Director; Intelligence and Monitoring and Heads of Unit from EOCO.

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ZENITH BANK GHANA LIMITED PAYS COURTESY VISIT TO EOCO

On January 24, 2024, a five- member delegation from Zenith Bank Ghana Limited paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Director of EOCO and her management team.  The purpose of the visit was to strengthen existing collaboration with the Office and to introduce the Chief Executive Officer of the Bank to the Executive Director and to also thank the Office for the services they render to the public.

The Executive Director of EOCO, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, in her welcome remarks expressed her profound gratitude for the visit. She took the delegation through the mandate and functions of the office and shared worrying observations on various crime trends especially laundered monies through the operations of forex bureau.  She also charged the bank to continue to act swiftly in reporting suspicious transactions.

The CEO for Zenith Bank Ghana Limited, Mr. Henry Onwuzurigbo, in his remarks, expressed his appreciation for the warm reception while sharing his views on some of the issues handled by the Office. He bemoaned heinous financial crimes that are committed for self-enrichment to the detriment of the banks and, therefore, called for the need to strengthen the already existing collaborations with the Office to help combat these financial transactional crimes. He added that the bank gives high priority to KYC and transaction monitoring using technology.

The Executive Director of EOCO urged the team to ride on the collaborative assistance to fight banking fraud and other related matters to bring sanity to the banking sector. She added that despite the fact that most of these cases are reported to the Police Service, the banks can always rely on the Office for any additional support to eliminate delays in the arrest, investigations and prosecution of suspects of these crimes.

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EOCO EXCEEDS ITS TARGET

The Economic and Organised Crime Office in 2023 made a total recovery of GH¢232,092,763.03 being Direct and Indirect recoveries from proceeds of crime.

Speaking to the EOCO News Desk on this great achievement, the Executive Director; COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah extended her gratitude to the Management Team and all Officers of EOCO who made this great feat possible.

She also stated that in 2024, EOCO intends to improve on its recoveries, sensitisation programmes on Prohibited Cyber Activity, Gaming, the use of social media and cyber bullying.

Additionally, the Public Affairs Unit extended its sensitization programmes to a total of One Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Two Hundred and Ninety-Four (130,294) students from various schools across the country. This is made up of Sixty-Eight Thousand, Eight Hundred and Seventy-Eight (68,878) females and Sixty-One Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixteen (61,416) males. This excludes programmes held at the regional levels, on national Television, markets, religious institutions and selected communities.

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EOCO SIGNS MOU WITH MTN MOBILEMONEY LIMITED

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and the Mobile Money Limited (MML) of MTN Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 25th July 2023 at the EOCO Head Office in Accra.

The Executive Director of EOCO, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah in her opening remarks intimated that the MOU falls in line with the new vision of EOCO “to stay ahead of economic and organised crime” detailed in its recently launched 5-year Strategic Plan. Attaining this vision requires the collaborative effort of all relevant stakeholders which includes MML.

She indicated that this MOU marks a new phase of collaboration between the two institutions. She stated that even as mobile money has come to make life easy for all, criminals are also finding new ways to defraud unsuspecting Ghanaians. According to her, as part of the collaboration, MML will facilitate training and capacity building for staff of EOCO on current trends and cutting-edge technology in Mobile Money as to stay ahead in the fight against economic and organised crime.

The Chief Executive Officer of MML, Mr. Haruna Shaibu stated that as a leading provider of digital financial service in Ghana, MML owes a responsibility to work with EOCO to support and drive the quest to ensure a safe environment for their customers to conduct business and other personal transactions.

He expressed appreciation to all consumers for supporting the MTN Mobile Money platform. He however acknowledged that even as mobile money has become an integral part of Ghana’s financial terrain, the system has been saddled with issues of fraud, which has permeated some activities.

Citing recent reports by the Bank of Ghana, Mr. Shaibu stated that even though the percentage increase in the number of incidents reported between 2021 and 2022 was slight, the value of the financial loss amounted to about Twenty-six Million Ghana Cedis (GH₵26,000,000.00), which, according to him amounts to 103% growth in financial crime.

Mr. Haruna Shaibu bemoaned the loss for consumers to this organised crime and therefore noted the responsibility of MML to collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure that these perpetrators are brought to book. He was enthusiastic that the collaboration with EOCO would help to combat the increasing rate of these crimes and support EOCO in the fulfilment of its mandate to stay ahead in the fight against financial crime.

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EOCO GETS A NEW OFFICE FOR ITS OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN TECHIMAN (BONO EAST REGION)

On 27th April 2023, the Economic and Organised Crime Office inaugurated its new Bono East Office at Twimia Nkwanta, Techiman. The EOCO Techiman Office was made operational in 2020 with one desk officer and support from the Sunyani Office. The chairperson of the occasion, Twimiahene & Sannahene of Techiman Nana Ankomah Frimpong, in his acceptance speech, mentioned that the presence of the Office is very important to curbing economic and financial crimes in Techiman.

The Regional Director of the Bono East Region, noted that from being a lone ranger in 2020, it is a delight to be opening this new edifice that befits the Economic and Organised Crime Office and having eight additional officers to work with. He added that the office needs full collaboration from all partner agencies in the region in order to fulfill its mandate.

COP Alex Mensah a member of EOCO board who represented the Board Chairman noted that he is very delighted to be representing the board chairman for the inauguration of the Techiman Office, he task the Executive Director of EOCO to ensure that all resources needed for the smooth running of the office are catered for.

Taking her turn at the inauguration, the Executive Director COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo- Danquah expressed excitement and spoke about how the new office will enhance security and fight against economic, financial and other serious offences in Bono East Region which, is a busy commercial area.

Further, she said when “most of the time the Auditor General comes out with a report indicating that millions of Ghana cedis has been lost to the state, EOCO, backed by its mandate takes the report of every region and investigate them”. She emphasized that, in 2022, the Bono East Office was able to make some recoveries from the proceeds of crimes.

Twafohene of Techiman traditional council Nana Afena Nketia II charged all officers of the region to work diligently without fear or favour.

Also present at the inauguration were Hon. Benjamin Yaw Gyarko, MCE, Techiman Municipal Assembly, Charles Boasiako Antwi, Techiman Office Manager of GRA, Peter Owusu Regional Budget Analyst, who sat in for the Regional Minister, the Municipal Police Commander DSP Emmanuel Ofori, Regional Commander of NIB Augustine Ofori and some selected Techiman based businessmen. Also present were correspondent media houses such as GTV, Joy News, Adom News/TV and Peace News.

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