The identity of a civil servant who is currently a Principal Economics Officer at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), believed to be the first port of call for Tiger Eye P.I. investigators in their endeavour to secure contact with the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta and the then Deputy Minister for Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, has been revealed to Asaase News by a reliable source.
The civil servant, Solomon Amponsah, who works at the External Resource Mobilization and Economic Relation Division of the Ministry of Finance, is believed to have received a call from the late Ahmed Hussein-Suale, a Tiger Eye P.I. investigator, who suggested to Mr Amponsah to arrange a meeting between him (Ahmed Hussein-Suale), a Ghanaian Lawyer and the two Ministers of Finance in Dubai, towards a desire to open a bank in Ghana with about $500 million dollars.
Subsequently, the Ghanaian lawyer and Charles Adu-Boahen on the strength of the arrangement made by Solomon Amponsah, met with the undercover team posing as investors in a hotel suite in Dubai on 8 February, 2018, just 13 months after the Akufo-Addo administration assumed office.
After the meeting with Charles Adu Boahen, Tiger Eye’s next move was to meet the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta. Solomon Amponsah, came in handy again to continue with his arrangements towards a meeting between the Finance Minister and the Tiger Eye P.I. investigators who had posed as investors in Dubai.
They (Tiger P.I) were to have their chance, they thought, when after several attempts Mr Ofori-Atta agreed to meet them at the airport in Dubai on transit to Tokyo, Japan.
In the company of his then Personal Assistant (PA), Michael Bediako, Mr Ofori-Atta, met the supposed investors (investigators) at one of the terminal hotels at the Dubai International Airport hotel on Sunday 8 November 2018 at around 6:30am.
Mr Ofori-Atta according to the source, was informed the meeting was with the Chairman of Al Baraka Islamic Bank of Bahrain, whose interest was to invest $500m to set up an “ethical” bank in Ghana.
The meeting, per our checks, which had Mr Solomon Amponsah, and the Ghanaian lawyer present, lasted some five minutes. Ken Ofori-Atta, left very peeved when he was offered a “gift”, which he refused to accept, and walked out with his PA who was also offered a gift that was rejected as well.
It remains to be seen if these engagements with Solomon Amponsah were part of the Tiger Eye P.I. investigation and whether or not it will feature in future releases by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.