Sat, Sep

martin amidu

    • Mr. President, I wish to assure you that the propaganda about witch-hunting will not daunt me from prosecuting all corruption crimes without reference to political considerations, as you had yourself admonished, once a suspected offender is established by investigations to have committed offences prosecutable in the national interest. I will treat crime as crime and nothing else.

    Your Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana

    Your Excellency the Vice President

    The Honourable Chief of Staff

    Honourable Attorney General and other Ministers of State

    Presidential Staffers

    Members of the Press

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    • Am I playing holier than thou? I concede that in Ghana, to be tagged ‘Government Official One’ — a synonym for corruption — will pull the hair out of anybody’s nostrils, especially two months to a crucial election.

    Four-letter words are unprintable, and it is for a reason: they are offensive to decent people in society.

    • Mr Amidu explained in the press statement that the report was completed on October 15, 2020 and it was forwarded to Office of the President on October 16, 2020 as well as the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta.

    The Office of the Special Prosecutor has completed the corruption risk assessment on the Agyapa Royalties deal and forwarded its recommendations to the Office of the President.

    • After almost one-and-a-half years since Mr Martin Amidu was sworn into office, he is yet to haul any alleged corrupt official to court for prosecution.

    The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, will start prosecuting corrupt public officers in both past and present administrations when he is ready, President Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians.

    • Mr Amidu who is investigating potential acts of corruption on the part of Mr Adjei, said his office was collaborating with the office of the Auditor-General but that collaboration was cut short due to the conduct of his investigators.

    The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, claims his criminal investigations on former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei, have been delayed because his investigators have been compromised.

    • The CSOs, including the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), IMANI Africa, a policy think tank, and the Citizens Movement Against Corruption (CIMAG), said Mr Amidu’s resignation had been surprising.

    Civil society organisations (CSOs) want Mr Martin Amidu’s resignation as the Special Prosecutor (SP) to be used to better the operations of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP).

    • Mr Amidu in a statement accused Mr Ayariga of sending some personal friends, former colleagues, chiefs, pastors among others, to beg him [Amidu] to stop the investigations against him [Ayariga].

    The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga says he will challenge a court order directing Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) to provide his call records to the Special Prosecutor (SP), Martin Amidu.

    • For those who have either not followed the case or read the judgment as issued by the Supreme Court, the issue before the Court was whether a 66-year old person can be offered an appointment in the Public Services of Ghana?

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 held that Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu is eligible to be the Special Prosecutor because his office cannot be equated to the public service which is caught by the retirement age of 60 as prescribed under Articles 190, 195 and 199 of the 1992 Constitution.

    • If you are a ‘man’, tell J.J. Rawlings that he was never your boss. Please let me know the day and time so I will perch on the wall like a fly. I chuckle as I ponder whose defence I would come to. That’s a difficult one! Since I can’t make up my mind, maybe I will just ‘boot’ both sets of balls and run quickly before both turn on me, happily forgetting that they are the two wrestlers and I am simply a humble spectator… oops ‘citizen’.

    Written By Dr. Valerie Sawyerr - Vilified even in death, Professor Mills stands taller than the vilifier! Lied about even in death, Professor Mills stands higher than the liar!! Indeed, he who God has blessed, no man can curse!!!

    • The Office of the Special Prosecutor cannot fight corruption ...

    The biggest challenge facing the Office of the Special Prosecutor as an anti-corruption investigatory and prosecutorial body in spite of all the powers conferred upon it is not the President who promised the people of Ghana to establish the Office but the heads of institutions who simply refuse to comply with laws designed to ensure good governance and to protect the national purse by fighting corruption.

  • The Supreme Court has struck out Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu, as a defendant in a suit challenging his eligibility as Special Prosecutor due to his age.

  • The Supreme Court has struck out former Attorney General Martin Amidu as a defendant in a suit seeking to challenge the constitutionality of an order for the oral examination of businessman Alfred Woyome.

    • If we are no longer outraged by such open acts of dishonesty and corruption and take actions which signal our disgust, then maybe we all have become immune to sin and its effects.

    Greed is the purest emotion — Junk bond trader Ivan Boesky

    • He further added that Mr. Amidu's refusal to show remorse, and his claim of attacking people based on perception, and his confession of not going into the office of the Special Prosecutor with that attitude, does not make him feel assured. That notwithstanding, he wished Mr. Amidu well.

    The Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Hon. Alhassan Suhuyini, has revealed that he is the only Member of Parliament who voted against the approval of Mr. Martin Amidu for the office of the Special Prosecutor.

    • Mr Amidu in a letter to Mr Forson dated August 1, 2019, demands an unqualified apology and retraction of the said comments which he described as defamatory.

    The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has given the Minority Spokesperson on Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson a seven-day ultimatum to apologise and retract some comments he allegedly made in relation to a judgement debt payment.

    • He also made it known that Mr. Amidu on the day of his vetting, got angry unnecessarily. He attributed it to Mr. Amidu breaking ranks with some of his party members, and having to meet some of them who opposed his nomination.

    Legal practitioner, and host of Joy FM's political talkshow, Newsfile, Samson Lardy Anyenini, has stated that the nominee for the position of Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu, knows his stuff when it comes to the law.

    • As the days to the public hearing of my nomination approval by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on 13th February 2018 as the Special Public Prosecutor approaches, I have been inundated with endless calls from chiefs, friends and well-wishers from all over the country wishing to attend my nomination approval hearing.

    Former Attorney General, Mr Martin Amidu has urged Ghanaians to remain calm as they await the outcome of his vetting at Parliament’s Appointment Committee on Tuesday.
    A statement issued Sunday and signed by Mr Amidu expressed appreciation to the numerous people who would have wanted to be at the vetting but for the limited number of persons who he can he invite.

    • Unless we examine the context... settle any personal interest, the fight against corruption would be another story of “Alice in the wonderland”.

    The materialization of anti-corruption begins with the activities of man within the concept of laws that govern the society. Laws and statutes express the will of the people to growth and development hindered by corruption.

    • “This is to demonstrate that my acceptance of the position of SP is not because of status but it is because of high ideals which I attach to making sure that the ordinary people of this country can have the benefit of the resources of this country by stopping the leakages and slippages that has gone on since the coming to force of the 1992 constitution”.

    The Special Prosecutor (SP) nominee, Mr Martin ABK Amidu has said that he accepted the offer to be Special Prosecutor by President Akufo-Addo because of the opportunity to defend and protect the national constitution and safeguard the interests of the ordinary Ghanaian.

  • In a groundbreaking announcement set to shock many political watchers, the President extolled Martin Amidu, a member of the opposition National Democratic Congress’s virtues, saying he has no doubt his nominee is very qualified and able to do the job, pending the approval of Parliament.

  • I am writing to add my voice to three written and published appeals by three well-meaning citizens to His Excellency the President, Nana Akufo Addo to think long before appending his signature to the Major Mahama Trust Bill which Parliament passed on 8th November 2017. (See “Major Mahama Bill; good idea gone bad” on Ghana Web’s features column of 11th November 2017: “Lawyer begs Akufo-Addo not to sign Major Mahama Trust Fund into Law”, Ghana Web’s General News of 11th November 2017; and “A Bill Akufo-Addo must not sign into law just yet” on Ghana Web’s features column of 12th November 2017.)

    • “It is the right of every man, in Parliament or out of it, in the Press or over broadcast, to make fair comment, even outspoken comment, on matters of public interest. Those who comment can deal faithfully with all that is done in a court of justice.

    The right to criticize a fellow citizen, however vigorous, cannot be defamatory of that citizen or even in contempt of court when it is kept within the limits of reasonable courtesy and good faith.
    As Lord Justice Salmon said in R v Metropolitan Police Commissioner; Ex Parte Blackburn at pages 155-156:

    • When he appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon, the court ruled that since Ayariga is an accused person and not a witness, he is not immune to stand trial.

    The Minority Leader in Parliament, Mr Haruna Iddrisu has indicated that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) would challenge the ruling of the Accra High Court on Tuesday that said the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, was obliged by law to stand trial in a criminal case filed against him by the Special Prosecutor.

    • “The time for reckoning has come and nobody should push me. I repeat: nobody should push me. They should tell their people, who they wrongly briefed to be telling lies about me, ...

    Former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu has disclosed that the Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori Atta visited his home when he was compiling his report on the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.

    • Quite honestly, many Ghanaians are not enthused about the warnings that have been issued to the public officials over the period because everyone is fully aware that nothing would come out of it.

    THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Monday issued a stern warning to heads of public institutions who failed to strictly implement the recommendations in the Auditor- General’s report.

    • “Why is it that we are not relying on Article 80 (a) because successively Attorney-Generals have failed us under the Fourth Republic to punish corruption and punish closer politically-exposed persons.

    Parliament on Friday, July 30, unanimously approved Mr Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor (SP).

    • Drawing on Standing order 93(1), Dr. Ayine invited the Speaker of Parliament to rule on whether the House’s intention to approve the nominee will not be wrong pending the Supreme Court case.

     Parliament has approved Mr Martin Amidu as the country’s first Special Prosecutor.

    • “We expect the Special Prosecutor to discharge his duties vigorously, with courage, without fear or favour, ill-will or malice, in accordance with the rule of law. The establishment of this Office is for a high purpose, and must not, under any circumstances, be used as an avenue for persecution or vengeance,” he said.

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday, 23rd February, 2018, swore into office Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser as the Special Prosecutor.

    • Dr Ayine, a former Deputy Attorney-General, filed a suit at the S.C, and contended that Mr Amidu, 66, is beyond the statutory age of employment into public service.

    The Supreme Court (SC), yesterday, gave the Attorney-General (A-G) three weeks to file legal argument to justify the appointment of Alamisi Burns Kaizer Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor (SP).

    • The man in whom the president was pleased in to assist in the fight against corruption barely has the tools he needs to fight the canker killing and depriving the nation of its future.

    Some months ago, we were all beside ourselves when the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, was appointed. There was a lot of high sounding rhetoric.

    • Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa did this by pretending to be directing me as an ignoramus on how to perform the duties of my Office: ...

    Written By Martin A. B. K. Amidu - Hon. Yaw Buaben Asamoa as the Communication Director of the Governing political party has on several occasions sought to create the impression in the public mind that he has authority as the Communication Director of his political party to tacitly instruct the Special Prosecutor in the media on how to perform the functions of his Office.

    • In a letter of September 10, 2020, addressed to the clerk of Parliament, the Special Prosecutor said the investigation was in line with his office’s mandate to exercise the functions and powers of the prevention of corruption.

    The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin A.B.K. Amidu, has begun investigations into the Agyapa Mineral Royalties transaction.

    • The OSP revealed that it has currently investigated two corruption cases and charged the accused for court.

    The Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) has published a list of corruption cases it has investigated and prosecuted.

    • He intimated that the move appeared a deliberate attempt to incapacitate the office from fight corruption in the country.

    The government has allocated GH¢180 million to the Special Prosecutor’s Office to be used to resource the office and strengthen it to fight corruption.

    • Let me be clear. Nobody will use me or my Office for political investigations or prosecutions while I remain the Special Prosecutor.

    Written By Martin B. K. Amidu - I stated at my Parliamentary approval hearing to be appointed the Special Prosecutor and again during an interview I granted to CitiFM’s Umaru Sanda and Daily Graphic’s Mabel Aku Baneseh on Monday, 14th January 2019 that I endeavour to keep suspected accusations of the commission of crime against fellow citizens on the quiet until investigations disclose a chargeable offence that can be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction.

    • The State is, therefore, praying the court to hold that the position of Special Prosecutor is a public office (organ) like the Statute Law Revision Commissioner, not caught by the retiring age prescriptions in Article 199.

    The Supreme Court will on May 13, 2020, decide whether or not Mr Martin Amidu is eligible to be Special Prosecutor.

  • I have had the privilege of reading the legal advice tendered by the Ashanti Regional Office of the Attorney General to the Ghana Police Service, Kumasi, in the case of R v Mensah Azer & 7 Others, popularly known as the 8 Delta Members Case. The advice is exceptional in the manner it states the facts of the case, and the evidence as disclosed upon the perusal of the police docket, and the legal opinion based on the facts and evidence on the docket.

  • Written By Martin A. B. k. Amidu - The saying goes that when an ant bites you, it is in your cloth or dress. I repeat that President Nana Akufo-Addo’s anti-corruption fight is being thwarted big time either wittingly or unwittingly by powerful people who have clung to his apron strings to ascend to high political public office in the Executive and Legislature that they never would have ascended to in life.

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