Special Prosecutor lifts ban on auction sales

Source The Ghana Report

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has given the green light for the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to auction vehicles.

This comes after the office lifted the ban on all auction sales it placed on the Customs Division pending further investigations.

The ban followed an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption in auction activities by the Customs Division between 1 July 2016 and 15 August 2022.

The Special Prosecutor further directed the Commissioner of the Customs Division to immediately halt and discontinue all auction sales until the investigation was concluded.

But a press release issued on Monday, 12 September 2022, by the Special Prosecutor, said the sale could begin today.

“The Customs Division may commence auction sales of vehicles and other goods from Monday, 12 September 2022.”

It, however, asked the Division to strictly comply with the Customs Act, 2015.

“The auction sales should be conducted strictly in accordance with legal requirements, especially the provisions of the Customs Act, 2015 (Act 891),” it said.

Meanwhile, the OSP has charged the Customs Division to comply with all ongoing investigations.

“The Customs Division should cooperate with and work closely with authorised officers of the Office of Special Prosecutor in respect of the investigations and the conduct of auction sales,” the statement said.

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