GBA orders lawyer to ‘cough up’ GH¢30K

From Alfred Adams, Takoradi

THE Western Regional Branch of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has waded into the case in which one of its members, Mr. Samuel Ericksson Abakah, has been accused of stealing GH¢30,000 belonging to his client.

The Chronicle has learnt from a reliable source that the GBA recently held a meeting over the issue, and ordered Mr. Abakah to refund the money to his client.

Abakah was recently arrested, and detained overnight by the police, in connection with the case.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Chronicleover the subject, the Regional President of the GBA, Mr. Kwesi Quaitoo, confirmed that the Bar convened a meeting to discuss the controversial matter.

According to him, the Bar advised the embattled legal practitioner to pay the said sum of money to the said client.

The Regional GBA President added that though the Mr. Abaka initially, refused to pay the money on grounds that the said client owed him (Abakah), he later caved in.

The GBA also advised Mr. Abakah to take the appropriate steps to recover the said debt he claimed his client owed him.

The GBA President however, told The Chronicle that the embattled legal practitioner, who is also Deacon at one of the churches in Takoradi (name withheld), was summoned before the meeting, which bordered on the ethical aspect of his conduct, and not the criminal aspect of the case.

“We are not holding brief for him as a member. We will still refer the matter to the Ethical Committee for appropriate action.”

When this reporter inquired from the GBA President whether the embattled legal practitioner had agreed to refund the money, he replied that for now he had not received any contrary response that indicated that he (Abakah) was unwilling to pay the said money.

Mr. Kwesi Quaitoo, who described the case as hydra-headed, expressed the hope that the embattled legal practitioner would comply with the advice of the GBA.

But, speaking in an interview with this reporter on the subject, Mr. Samuel Erickson Abakah, said he was yet to meet the GBA and react to the order. “There is more to it, and at the appropriate time, you will hear from me,” he told The Chronicle.

Meanwhile, a senior legal practitioner in Takoradi has expressed grave worry over the decision by the GBA to wade into the matter.

A senior legal practitioner, who did not want to be named, told this reporter in a telephone interview, “I did not agree to GBA wading into the matter, because this was a personal issue. There a lot of lawyers here who have got similar cases and the GBA refused to wade into it. So I disagree with the move by the GBA.”

Pix:  (top left):A section of the demonstrating Kpone youth on the prowl at the Kpone cemetery

(top right): A section of the Kpone youth burning lorry tyres in the middle of the road

(button left)A pick-up driver parks in the shade awaiting a decision

(button right): A section of the Kpone youth stopping a vehicle that was conveying a corpse to the cemetery for burial

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