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“Special Prosecutor Tackles the Rampant Pandemic of State Capture, Corruption, and Fraud in Our Region”

Kissi Agyebeng, the Special Prosecutor, has made a plea to international allies to collaborate in the fight against corruption, citing the need for a collective effort to combat the scourge. He notes that corruption, fraud, and state capture have become a pervasive pandemic that transcends borders and poses a significant challenge to in-country agencies.

Despite the potential for success in Ghana’s anti-corruption efforts, Agyebeng emphasizes that the country’s agencies cannot act alone without the necessary support from foreign partners. He acknowledges that corruption, state capture, fraud, and asset recovery are transnational issues that require a collaborative approach to address effectively.

On April 28, 2023, Agyebeng made this statement, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation to combat corruption and other related issues.

At the ICC FraudNet’s 37th International Conference in Accra, the SP spoke on the topic of “State Capture and Corruption,” highlighting the pervasive nature of corruption in society. He noted that corrupt practices had become a ritual for a significant proportion of the population, and that the perpetrators had developed innovative means of evading detection and escaping the law.

The SP went on to highlight several sectors of the economy that were particularly prone to corruption, including the extractive industry, offshore oil bunkering, illegal mining, and breaches of public procurement rules. He also noted the social and economic costs of state capture, corruption, and fraud, which were difficult to quantify.

To address these issues, the SP indicated that his organization had established various agencies, such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), to monitor and investigate economic and organized crime, as well as to recover assets. The Financial Intelligence Center was also established to receive and analyze suspicious transaction reports related to predicate crimes.

The SP also highlighted the importance of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, which recommended the establishment of an independent prosecution authority to effectively combat corruption. The reasoning behind this recommendation was that the Attorney General, as a member of the cabinet and the chief legal advisor to the President, was not well-suited to investigate and prosecute members of the government to which he belonged.

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