- Mr Martin Amidu has said Charles Bissue has not been cleared of corruption allegations levelled against him by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas
- His comment is contrary to claims by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, which, according to Mr Amidu, had no jurisdiction of the matter
- Mr. Bissue was alleged to have taken a GHC35,000 bribe to help a make-believe mining firm ORR Resource Enterprise, circumvent all the necessary protocols pertaining to small-scale mining
Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi BK Amidu, has described the Police CID investigation of presidential staffer Charles Bissue as a political one.
According to Mr. Amidu, the former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, has not been cleared of corruption allegations levelled against him by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The Special Prosecutor’s assertion is contrary to claims by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, which, according to Mr Amidu, had no jurisdiction of the matter.
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Speaking to Accra based Citi FM after the CID issued a report exonerating Mr Bissue, the Special Prosecutor said the police lacked jurisdiction to investigate the allegations.
“We commenced investigations but before I could invite the suspect, I read a newspaper publication in which Charles Bissue said that the CID was investigating his case and that the complainant should go there and make their evidence. So, I wrote to the Director-General of the CID to tell her that the offences of corruption have been apportioned to the Office of the Special Prosecutor. We have been petitioned, we have indicated that we are going to begin investigations, there shouldn’t be duplicity of our efforts, so, she should stop it,” he narrated.
He further noted that the police in replying his letter, said the Environment Minister, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng had asked them to continue with the investigation and that they would do so in disregard of his warning.
Mr. Amidu also said his office had received evidence from both the petitioners and Mr Bissue and that journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, CEO of TigerEye PI, personally wrote to him, indicating a willingness to appear before the OSP Personally and testify. He subsequently did.
The state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper reported on Monday, July 22, 2019 that after a four-month investigation by the CID following the Galamsey Fraud documentary which captured Mr. Bissue collecting various sums of money to allegedly bend the laws for some small-scale miners, the video was found not to have depicted the real situation.
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Mr. Bissue was alleged to have taken a GHC35,000 bribe to help a make-believe mining firm ORR Resource Enterprise, circumvent all the necessary protocols pertaining to small-scale mining following the lifting of the ban imposed on such mining by the government.
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