I am quite surprised by this amidst all the legal gymnastics, but it seems our coffers are set to receive a significant boost latest by end of this year.
This is according to a report on Graphic’s website, which states that Woyome’s lawyer has given this assurance to the state’s lawyers.
First the Supreme Court ordered Woyome to pay the money back to the state, and then a High Court acquitted and discharged the businessman of the criminal charges the state brought against him.
The AG has made her intention to pursue and appeal clear, whilst in the interim the Supreme Court has given the all clear for repayment to begin. It was at such a scheduled meeting today that this news was announced.
Of course, this must not and should not impact the criminal case in anyway. The Supreme Court found that the contracts upon which the money was awarded were fraudulent, so certainly there must be some punishment for defrauding the state. That would require some effort on the part of the AG and her team, which so far has looked a little lacking.
Woyome might pay this money back, but it must by no means be a precursor to letting him walk away a free man. People have received worse punishments for committing far lesser crimes.