The Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu has resigned from office, GhanaXtra.Com can report.
Mr. Martin Amidu tendered in his resignation to President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo on Monday, November 16, 2020.
According to multiple media reports sighted by Portal, Mr. Martin Amidu’s resignation stems from the fact he does not feel protected enough.
The report continues that the Special Prosecutor feels President Nana Akufo-Addo has done little to safeguard the independence of his office.
A letter addressed to the President and made public reads “This is to inform the public that I resigned from my position as the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor with immediate effect upon the submission of my letter of resignation with reference number OSP/2/AM/14 dated 16th November 2020 which was received at the Office of the President at 15:15 HRS this afternoon.
“I should not ordinarily be announcing my resignation to the public myself but the traumatic experience I went through from 20th October 2020 to 2nd November 2020 when I conveyed in a 13-page letter the conclusions and observations on the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the Report On Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions and Other Matters Related Thereto to the President as Chairman of the National Security Council cautions against not bringing my resignation as the Special Prosecutor with immediate to the notice of the Ghanaian public and the world.
“In undertaking the analysis of the risk of prevention of corruption and anti-corruption assessment I sincerely believed that I was executing an independent mandate under the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Act, 2017 (Act 959) and the Office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L. I. 2374).
“The reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report convinces me beyond any reasonable doubt that I was not intended to exercise any independence as the Special Prosecutor in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and recovery of assets of corruption. My position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable.”
Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo in 2018 named former Attorney General under the erstwhile John Atta Mills administration as the Special Prosecutor.
Mr. Martin Amidu tagged by many as citizen vigilante was named by the President at a media meeting at the Flagstaff House today.
Mr. Amidu’s name came as a surprise considering the fact there were several indications that the President will be settling on Mr. Akoto Ampaw.
Parliament passed the Special Prosecutor’s Bill in November 2017.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor is aimed at helping the government handle corruption-related issues among state officials in a nonpartisan manner.
Mr. Martin Amidu, a member of the National Democratic Congress served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.