Akufo-Addo calls on IGP to offer 24-hour protection to Martin Amidu

Akufo-Addo calls on IGP to offer 24-hour protection to Martin Amidu

- President Akufo-Addo has ordered the Inspector Genral of Police (IGP) to offer Martin Amidu a 24-hour protection

- This comes after Amidu’s claims of death threat on his life after he resigned as Special Prosecutor

- This was communicated by the Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin

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President Akufo-Addo has ordered the IGP to provide 24-hour protection for the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, with immediate effect.

The president’s order follows claims by Amidu that he was receiving death threats from some people following his resignation as the Special Prosecutor.

The order is contained in a brief statement issued by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, and sighted by YEN.com.gh on social media on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Akufo-Addo calls on IGP to offer 24-hour protection to Martin Amidu
A collage of Martin Amidu and President Akufo-Addo. Photo credit: @nakufoaddo @graphic.com.gh
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The statement further disclosed that Martin Amidu is encouraged to provide all details of the death threats on his life to the police for further investigation.

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Those behind it, according to the statement, will be made to face the full rigours of Ghana’s laws.

Meanwhile, Amidu unexpectedly tendered in his resignation letter to the president on Monday, November 16, 2020.

He said he was no longer interested in serving as Special Prosecutor as his independence was being hindered by the government.

Amidu explained in his letter published earlier by YEN.com.gh why he could no longer hold that office.

The president has duly noted Amidu's resignation letter and has directed for some arrears to be paid to him.

Amidu is reported to have rejected some sitting allowances paid to him while he was serving as the Special Prosecutor because he was of the view that most of the board meetings and sittings he had were during working hours, therefore, there was no need for such money to be paid to him.

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He is also said to have rejected a cheque given to him for honouring an invitation to speak at an event organized by the Audit Service.

According to the report, Amidu’s efforts to get the Audit Service to take back their cheque proved futile until it expired.

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