- Commissioner says CHRAJ may investigate A Plus corruption claims
- Says commission was confident with CID investigation till recent turn of events
- CHRAJ had already been petitioned to investigate by a concerned group
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), headed by Mr. Jospeh Whittal, has indicated that it may commence investigating the much reported claims of corruption made by the embattled musician and NPP member, Kwame Asare Obeng,popularly known as A Plus.
According to the commission, there is a currently a petition from a concerned group urging it [CHRAJ] to investigate A Plus' corruption claims raised against Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor, and Mr. Francis Asenso Boakye, both of who are Deputy Chief of Staffs at the presidency.
The issue of A Plus' corruption allegations began a little over a month ago, when the controversial musician took to Facebook to accuse the two high ranking presidential staffers of corruption, and using proxies to "attack" him on Facebook.
"You Abu Jinapor, I’ve not even seen you. You have been calling people and paying them to go and post things about me...All of a sudden you [Abu Jinapor] have become so powerful after we won the elections, you control things, no one should talk about you", said A Plus initially.
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The war of words between A Plus and the two high ranking presidential staffers [presumably] prompted a directive from the Presidency to the Ghana Police Service's Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to investigate all allegations of corruption against his appointees.
Upon concluding its investigation, the police CID issued a statement signed by the departments Director, ACP Bright Oduro, exonerated the two staffers of culpability and referred to A Plus's claims as baseless.
According to the report, the two Deputy Chief of Staffs involvement in a contract award issue at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital was "transparent".
Now many have questioned the CID"s report following the release of an audio recording of a phone call, allegedly between A Plus and a high ranking police official believed to be ACP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah.
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The contents of the recording strongly suggests that though the CID's report exonerated the two presidential staffers, its investigations into the corruption allegations may have found otherwise. This, even though ACP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah maintains that the audio tape has been doctored to bring her into disrepute.
Commenting on the issue, CHRAJ Commissioner Joseph Whittal stated that his outfit has been aware of the ongoing issue, and was fully confident that the results of the police investigation would be conclusive till recently.
“We knew that the police were conducting their investigations and we were sufficiently convinced that they will do a good job and so as a sister investigative body, we didn’t have to call into question the credibility of the police investigations until this latter-day issue of doctored tape and all those things came up…We would naturally want to intervene because it is a matter of interest.” Said Mr. Whittal.
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