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Chief State Attorney disbarred for accepting GH¢400k from Woyome

Alfred Agbesi Woyome

A Chief State Attorney at the Office of the Attorney-General, Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh, has been disbarred as a lawyer by the General Legal Council (GLC) for receiving GH¢400,000 from businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome in 2011. Per the action against Mr Nerquaye-Tetteh, he’s banned from practising as a lawyer in Ghana after the Disciplinary Committee of the GLC, the regulatory body of the legal profession, found him guilty of professional misconduct under Rule 2(2) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 (L.I. 613).

The GLC in a notice dated January 31, 2024, said while defending the State against a suit by Woyome in 2011, Mr Nerquaye-Tetteh succeeded in getting an amount of GH¢400,000 transferred from Mr Woyome to his wive’s bank account. Mr Nerquaye-Tetteh, according to the GLC was unable to give any reasonable explanation for the said transfer of the GH¢400,000 into his wife’s bank account from Mr Woyome when he was confronted on the issue. The GLC said Mr Nerquaye-Tetteh’s conduct had adversely affected “the “dignity and high standing of the legal profession.”

“That, he, as a lawyer and a Chief State Attorney, having acted as counsel for the State in the case, Alfred Agbesi Woyome versus General & Anor had an amount of Four Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢400,000.00) transferred directly from Mr Alfred Woyome into the bank account of his wife, Mrs. Gifty Nerquaye-Tetteh without any reasonable explanation; a conduct or act that adversely affects the dignity and high standing of the legal profession,” The notice signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Cynthia Pamela Koranteng said.

”SAMUEL NERQUAYE-TETTEH shall not hold himself out as a lawyer or attend chambers, or render or purport to render any professional legal services to the public. The practising licence of Samuel Nerquaye-Tetteh is hereby withdrawn forthwith,” it added.

Click link to read the statement from the General Legal Council

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