Mohammed Aminu Bonkanu, a 37-year-old man who is said to have demanded and received a total cash sum of $132,000 from a retired civil engineer under the pretext of facilitating his appointment as the Director-General of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
Mohammed who appeared before an Accra Circuit Court was charged with two counts of defrauding by false pretenses and two counts of money laundering.
According to him, he would give the money to Yaw Osafo Maafo, Senior Minister to acquire a license for the complainant who is also former GPHA Boss to operate an oil marketing company.
Bonkanu has denied the charges and was admitted to bail in the sum of GH¢1.4 million with four sureties who are to be public servants earning not less than GH¢2,000 a month.
The court presided over by Emmanuel Essandoh ordered the accused person to deposit his passport with the court’s registry and report every Wednesday to the Police and adjourned the trial to July 20.