UT Bank boss, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, has been arrested over the collapse of his bank.
He was arrested at his office, Tuesday. after a bench warrant for his arrest was issued by the Accra Circuit Court, Monday.
The businessman, according to reports cited on Ghanaweb.com, will soon be prepared for the Accra Circuit Court IV.
The Bank of Ghana on August 7, 2017, declared UT Bank and Capital Bank insolvent after it failed to meet the minimum capital requirement.
“Despite repeated agreements between the Bank of Ghana and UT Bank and Capital Bank to implement an action plan to address these significant shortfalls, the owners and managers of UT Bank and Capital Bank were unable to increase the capital of the banks to address the insolvency,” BoG statement said.
Already, former CEO and founder of Capital Bank, William Ato Essien is standing trial on 26 charges, including stealing of various sums in excess of GHS260 million.
Prince Kofi Amoabeng who is the president of UT Group of companies, recently said he still finds it very difficult in understanding why the government of Ghana closed down UT Bank despite interventions by some UT investors to bail them out.
“If UT Bank owed 800 million and an investor comes and says I’m ready to pay half of it (400 million) and Bank of Ghana (BoG) writes off the 400 million but decides to close down the bank which will cost the nation at least 2.2 billion, it didn’t make sense,” he said on the ‘KSM Show.’
The business mogul said it is easier to lose that 400 million than to incur a cost of about 2.2 billion on a country like Ghana, plus collateral damages, unpaid staff among others.
“It’s as if the government did not take their time to really evaluate the options they had but when people say that the action is to get to me, then it is really ridiculous because you can’t get me. If you target me, you target the wrong person,” he told his critics.