Embattled lawyer makes part payment of ‘stolen’ money

From Alfred Adams, Takoradi

A Takoradi-based legal practitioner, Mr. Samuel Ericksson Abakah, who was arraigned before the Takoradi Circuit Court for allegedly stealing GH¢30,000 belonging to his client, has finally made part payment of the amount to the client, Elizabeth Addo, as ordered by the regional branch of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA).

The Chronicle gathered that the legal practitioner made a cash payment of GH¢9,000, and issued a cheque for GH¢6,000 during the latter part of last year, bringing the total payment to GH¢15,000, and leaving a balance of GH¢15,000.

Samuel Okaintey, a family member who received the money, confirmed in an interview with The Chronicle that counsel Abakah had paid part of the money.

According to him, their former counsel had agreed to settle the remaining part of the debt on January 15th this year.

Samuel Okaintey, who showed the cheque issued by the counsel to this reporter, was hopeful that he would honour his pledge to redeem the remaining amount on the agreed date.

Mr. Samuel Ericksson Abakah, when contacted on phone, would neither confirm nor deny paying part of the money, saying, “We will talk when we meet.”

It would be recalled that Counsel Samuel Abakah was arrested by the Sekondi Police in the early part of December for stealing a total of GH¢30,000 belonging to his client.
He was later put before court for stealing.

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