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Akufo-Addo handed me copy of Ofori-Atta’s comments to infuse into Agyapa report but I refused – Amidu

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In his resignation letter to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, directly told the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces that he could not direct him about as far as his handling of the corruption and anti-corruption assessment report of the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal was concerned, and refused to “bargain” with the President, who insisted the anti-corruption crusader infuse Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s comment about the deal, to his (SP’s) final report.

Mr Amidu, in his corruption and anti-corruption risk assessment report on the deal, said the Transaction Advisor(s) involved were susceptible to “nepotism, cronyism and favouritism”.

In his resignation letter to the President dated Monday, 16 November 2020, however, Mr Amidu accused Nana Akufo-Addo of interfering with the independence of the Office of the Special Prosecutor with regard to the corruption and anti-corruption assessment, thus, found it “untenable” to remain in office.

He said the President on several occasions, pestered him to either freeze the report or add some comments of his cousin, Mr Ofori-Atta, into the final assessment report.

He said: “After receiving my letter under reference on 19 October 2020, you ordered your Chief of Staff on 20 October 2020, to deliver an urgent message personally to me on the same day”.

“When she could not reach me on telephone, she decided to invite me in writing in her letter with reference number OP/COS/015 dated 2o October 2020, stating that: ‘I have been directed by HE the President of the Republic, to deliver an urgent message personally to you, today, 20 October 2020. I am looking forward to seeing you as requested’.

“I received the Chief of Staff’s letter the next morning, 21 October 2020, and reported to her office as requested. The message she delivered to me was that: You had instructed that I was not to do anything about my report on the Agyapa Royalties Transaction until I had met you on Friday, 23 October 2020.

“You were away in the Volta Region when I met the Chief of Staff.

“I met Your Excellency in your office in the afternoon of 23 October 2020 and I underscored the fact that my letter dated 16 October 2020 to you was sent out of the necessary courtesy of prior information to your office as President of the Republic and the Commander-in-Chief responsible for national security.

“I also underscored the fact that the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment, was conducted professionally, and could not be reviewed by the Minister of Finance or yourself, and my letter was particularly not intended for you to direct me as to how to conduct the duties of my office.

“Your Excellency insisted that I should withhold any further action on the report for one week. I reluctantly agreed to your terms but gave you notice immediately that I did not intend to continue as the Special Prosecutor because of your interference the performance of my functions under the law.

“You eventually invited me to your office in the evening of Sunday, 1 November 2020, where I, again, asserted that I was not going to bargain over the independence of my function as the Special Prosecutor.

“I refused to take the copy of the alleged comments from the Minister of Finance you offered me, as that would have compromised my independence as the Special Prosecutor.

“I also refused to shelve my report to enable you handle the matter, which explains my press release to the public on the morning of 2 November 2020 and the follow-up with the distribution of the full 64-page Agyapa Royalties Transactions Anti-corruption Assessment Report to the Public.”

“Unbeknownst to you that I had published the full 64-page report to the public, you caused a press statement to be made based on my letter dated 16 October 2020 to you under reference which sought to politicise and downplay the seriousness of the professional analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment reported by my office”.

“It, thus, became abundant clear to me that I cannot continue under your government as the special prosecutor because we disagree with the non-partisan independence of the special prosecutor in the performance of the functions of my office in preventing and fighting corruption and corruption-related offences.”

According to Mr Amidu, “the 64-page analysis of corruption and anti-corruption assessment report, discloses several serious corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of which I intended to open full investigations as the Special Prosecutor.”

“I cannot do that now after your political interference in the performance of functions of the office for two weeks – from 20 October 2020 to 1 November 2020 – culminating in your directives on how the anti-corruption assessment report of Agyapa Royalties Limited Transaction by this office should be handled by the principal suspects disclosed by the anti-corruption assessment report”.

He added: “More importantly, Your Excellency was acting as a judge in your own court in usurping my functions to take any independent follow-up actions on the anti-corruption assessment report when you knew from my 13-page letter of 16 October 2020, conveying the conclusions and observations of the anti-corruption assessment report to you that negative anti-corruption assessment had been made against the conduct of your office in the procedure adopted in granting the Executive Approval dated 24 March 2020 and your assent of the Minerals Income Investment (Amendment) Act, 2020 (Act 1024) on 27 August 2020 intended to retroactively impact the parliamentary approval of the transactions document granted on 14 August 2020.

“Pages 31 to 33; and 52 to 53 of the full 64-page report, submitted to you on 2 November 2020, contains the detailed anti-corruption assessments on these matters. The total of the foregoing interventions by you in my functions, make my position as the Special Prosecutor, untenable”.

Source: Class FM

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“No cash burnt in GCB Bank Kantamanto Branch Fire” Ghana National Fire Service

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Following the outbreak of fire at the Ghana Commercial Bank Kantamanso branch, there were photos circulating on social media that millions of Ghana cedis were burnt to ashes.

Well, the Ghana National Fire Service has come out to debunk those rumours saying no cash burnt during the outbreak of fire.

Mynewsgh.com reports that Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the GNFS, Divisional Officer I, Mr Ellis Robinson Okoe disclosed that the first floor where the fire started from contains some stationery has been confined from spreading to other floors.

He was quick to add that about 40 fire service personnel are currently on various floors to ensure that the other floors are not gutted by the fire.

“We had a distress call that the Liberty Towers Branch of the GCB Bank had been gutted by fire. We rushed in and realized that the fire started from the first floor which contains only stationary. We have confined the fire and our men are on the ground working to ensure we douse it. There are currently 40 men in the building”, he revealed in an interview.

Asked what the cause of fire he said “ I don’t want to speculate but the Chief Operating officer told me they did some fumigation and I am not sure that is what sparked the fire. The fire outbreak investigation is a science and we will investigate and establish the cause”, he added

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Adeiso SHS Graduate Who Scored 8As In WASSCE To Study In The UK Following Nana Addo’s Directive (Photo)

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Thomas Amoani, the student from the Adeiso Senior High School in the Eastern Region, who obtained grade A1 in all eight subjects in the 2020 WASSCE to study in the UK after President Nana Addo intervened

He obtained Excellent grades of A1 in Social Studies, English Language, Mathematics (Core), Integrated Science, Economics, Geography, Government, and Mathematics (Elective).

His dream is to attend the University of Ghana to read Economics.

Following the intervention by President Nana Akufo-Addo, Amoani is to have his university education in the United Kingdom (UK).

Not long after WAEC released the result of the 2020 WASSCE, Amoaning’s brilliant performance appeared on online media platforms.

In a video sighted on Graphic.com.gh, the boy narrated how he had to walk six kilometers from his home at Asuaba to attend classes at Adeiso SHS every school day.

His challenge after passing getting the ultimate in WASSCE was how he was going to realize his dream of pursuing a degree in Economics from the University of Ghana.

After coming across the story of Amoaning, Akufo-Addo directed the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat (GSS) to offer the boy a scholarship based on his excellent performance in the WASSCE.

In a letter sighted by thedistin.com on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, the Ghana Scholarship Secretariat disclosed that the socio-geographical background of Amoah was taken into consideration by the president in the offer of the scholarship.

Already, the letter signed by the registrar at the secretariat Kingsley Agyemang indicated, Amoaning’s family has been contacted and a meeting is expected to be held on Friday, November 27, 2020, to discuss the scholarship in detail.

Following the meeting with Amoaning’s family and a review by the GSS, the dream of studying at the University of Ghana has been upgraded.

A letter from the GSS sighted online has revealed that the head of education at the Ghana High Commission in the UK has been directed to immediately initiate processes to get Amoani admitted into a school there.

Amoani’s scholarship to the UK will include full tuition, accommodation, monthly stipends. return air tickets, health insurance, and other benefits.

The letter further said the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat’s decentralized application and award processes will ensure that, students in similar situations are identified and given the necessary government sponsorship for their tertiary education

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Breaking News: Fire guts GCB Bank liberty house branch

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Report reaching Modernnewsgh.Com indicates that GCB Towers, Kantamanto branch is in flames!

In videos circulating on social media, the Ghana Commercial Bank towers is seen in flames as smoke billows!

Apparently, the cause of the fire has not been established but firefighters have reportedly arrived at the scene to put things under control.

However, the Ghana National Fire Services have been contacted and are currently on their way to the scene.

The Greater Accra Regional police command have noted that, a full investigation will be carried to ascertain what caused the fire.

Stay tuned for me details…

Source: www.vicruz.com

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