The Supreme Court has directed authorities to purchase some houses belonging to businessman Alfred Woyome in preference to simply taking possession.

Deputy Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame had asked the Apex Court to permit the country to take ownership after failure by an auctioneer to sell the properties of the embattled businessman to settle some 47.2 million cedis owed to the state.

Potential buyers are afraid to buy the properties due to the fear that the properties may be restored to Woyome in future.

Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah made the statement in a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

Alfred Agbesi Woyome

The letter made reference to the court order that gave the government the mandate to auction the properties. The decision was made on July 2020 after three years of legal battles.

However, a five-panel member presided by Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah has dismissed the AG’s application to take township of some properties of Woyome.

The court additionally took note of a case filed by Mr Woyome at the Apex Court hoping to stop the auction.

The court said the application undermines the authority of the Apex Court as it has temporarily suspended that matter.

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