An Accra High Court has ordered substituted service of an application for committal to prison for contempt of court against Daniel Sackey, Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, as well as Ewuraa Abena Asafo-Boakye, Head of the Legal Department of the Bank and William Asamoah-Otoo of the Legal Department.
Following three unsuccessful attempts by a Court bailiff to serve the three with the application for committal to prison for contempt of court filed on 14th December 2021 by Thaddeus Sory, the lawyer for Mr. Daniel Ofori, an application for substituted service was moved before the Court on Tuesday 21st December 2021 by Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata, appearing with Nana Boakye, for Mr. Ofori.
According to the affidavit of Mr. Ofori filed in support of the application for committal for contempt, a writ of fi-fa from the High Court that was pasted on the head office of Ecobank Ghana on or about 26th November 2021, in the enforcement of orders of the Supreme Court, was removed by Mr. William Asamoah-Otoo at the instance of Mr. Dan Sackey and Ewuraa Abena Asafo-Boakye immediately after being posted on the premises.
The applicant also referred to a media release by Ecobank Ghana on the same day, 26th November 2021, making no reference to the pasting of the court process on the premises of the bank and the removal of the court process, but seeking to assure customers, shareholders, and the public that there was no cause for alarm, as further evidence of the disregard of Ecobank Ghana for lawful court processes.
The High Court, General Jurisdiction, Accra, presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Gifty Adjei, granted the application for substituted service and ordered that the three persons be served by the pasting of the court processes at the head office of Ecobank Ghana, as
well as at No. 19, Seventh Avenue, Ridge West, Accra, in the case of Mr. Sackey and Mr. Asamoah-Otoo and at No. 2 Mandy Close, Mayfair Gardens, Upper East Airport, Accra in the case of Ewuraa Abena Asafo-Boakye.
The court ordered the notices to be pasted for a period of fourteen (14) days. Additionally, the court ordered that an officer of the Bank also be served with the court processes in respect of the contempt application. A hearing notice indicating the next date for the three persons to appear in court is also to be served on the three persons.
The court adjourned to 12th January 2022 when the three persons are expected to appear in court to answer the charges of contempt of court brought against them.
Daniel Ofori secured an order via a writ of Fieri Facias (Fi-Fa) issued from the High Court to recover from Ecobank an amount of GH¢96,304,972.41 in judgment debt from the bank.