- Martin Amidu has reported the MP for Bawku Central to the Economic and Organised Crime Office for attempting to obstruct investigations against him
- According to Mr Amidu, Mahama Ayariga is sending friends, former colleagues, chiefs, men of God to dissuade him
The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has accused the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central constituency, Mahama Ayariga, of using influential people in society to persuade him to drop his investigations on him (Ayariga).
Mr. Amidu said Mahama Ayariga had resorted to using personal friends, former colleagues, chiefs, pastors among others, to beg him [Amidu] to drop the investigations against him.
These accusations were contained in a statement by the Special Prosecutor, excerpts which were sighted by Accra-based Citi FM.
Mr. Amidu said he is investigating Ayariga on suspicion of commission of corruption and abusing his office by importing three Toyota Land Cruiser V8s into the country, which has led to the MP using all manner of means in an attempt to block the investigations.
He said he has even reported Ayariga’s actions to the Economic and Organized Crime Organization (EOCO), but the lawmaker failed to honour their call when invited over the issue.
“The suspect refused to report to the offices of EOCO in Accra as demanded by a publication at page 26 of the Daily Graphic of 20th June, 2018 with vehicle numbers GR 2220-18, GR 2221-18, GR2222-18, GT 2243(sic)-17 and GT 4054-13, consequently, it fell on me to write to the Speaker of Parliament with a copy to Honurable Mahama Ayariga (the suspect) in my letter dated 26th June 2018 to release the suspect to report to the EOCO on 3rd July, 2018,” the former Attorney General said in his statement.
“When the suspect, Honourable Mahama Ayariga received his copy of my letter to the Speaker, he immediately started to get people who he perceived could put pressure on me (such as personal friends, former colleagues, chiefs, men of God etc.) to abate the investigation being conducted in the performance of my functions under Acts 959 and Act 804.”
Mr. Amidu added: “I asked the EOCO on a number of occasions to warn the suspect to desist from his conduct of obstructing the investigation by soliciting others to put pressure on me to abate same to no avail….I have accordingly, on 3rd August 2018, requested the EOCO to investigate my complaint against the suspect for obstructing me, the Special Prosecutor, in the performance of the functions of my office as the Special Prosecutor.”
Mr. Amidu also reaffirmed that he will not entertain “any interference or obstruction from anybody or organ of Government other than the courts of law in the performance of the independent functions of my office”.
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