5 things you must know about Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu

5 things you must know about Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu

President Nana Akufo-Addo has finally nominated someone for the position of Independent Special Prosecutor and it is no other person than former Attorney General, Martin A.B.K. Amidu.

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Martin Amidu
Martin Amidu at the Presidency

Barring any unforseen circumsatnces, Parliament is expected to approve Mr Amidu's nomination when it reconvenes on Januray 23.

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YEN.com.gh has put together facts about that summarises the life of the first ever Special Prosecutor:

1. Personal:

His full name is Martin Alamisi Burns Kaiser Amidu. Mr Amidu, an ethnic Builsa who grew up in the Daduri area of Bawku in the Upper East Region. He is married with three children.

2. Education:

After his basic eduation in Bawku, he moved to Tamale for his secondary education. But unlike many astute lawyers, he did not attend a prestigious school. He actually attended a private commercial school which had been set up one Mr Ben Gogoe.

From there he proceeded to the Univerity of Ghana graduating in 1976 with an LLB (Hons) and then to the Ghana Law School completing in 1978 to become a Barrister/Solicitor at Law.

He also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Conflcit Resolution from the Antioch University, Ohio, USA.

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Martin Amidu with Vice President Bawumia and President Akufo-Addo
Martin Amidu with Vice President Bawumia and President Akufo-Addo

3. Law Career:

Mr Amidu is regarded as one of the most astute lawyers of his time having had a lot of success both as private legal practitioner and in public service as Attorney General.

His successes as a lawyer is not only limited to the courtroom as he has also authored six legal publications which have been described as outstanding.

He currently works a pofessional conflict resolution consultant.

4: Politics:

He started his political career as a member of the June Fourth Movement and held various positions under in the military regime of the PNDC. When democracy was restored in Ghana, he joined the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as a founding member.

He served as Deputy Atorney General for the eight years of former President JJ Rawlings civilian government and was the running-mate of Professor J.E.A Mills in the 2000 elections which they lost.

He has also served as Minister of Interior from 2010-2011 and Attornel General from 2011 to 2012 when he was ousted for falling out with his own government.

5: Anti-Corruption (Citizen Vigilante) Crusade:

While government claimed Mr Amidu was removed from office for misconducting himself in a meeting with the then President, J.E.A. Mills, Mr Amidu maintained that he had resigned because he disagreed with the government on how to proceed against corruption.

He had problems with the some GHC51.2 million paid to businessman Alfred Woyome by his predecessor, Betty Mould Iddrisu and wanted to proceed to the Supreme Court to retrieve the money.

After his resignation, he started making some revelations through frequent publications in the media, in word one of which he used the now popular word 'gargantuan' to describe the fraudulent activities going on in the Mills government.

This gave birth to his new role as 'Citizen Vigilante', the anti-corruption crusader and he subsequently, as a private citizen, went to court to get the Woyome payment declared as illegal.

He has since become a sort of national hero and his appointment, though not very mcuh expected as some names had already been bandied around, has been well received by many Ghanaians.

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