President Akufo-Addo orders IGP to provide Martin Amidu with 24-hour protection amidst death threats

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The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Inspector General of Police to with immediate effect offer 24-hour security protection to former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu.

It follows claims of threats on Mr. Amidu’s life after releasing his corruption risk assessment on the controversial Agyapa mineral royalties deal.

In a statement from the Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said: “The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to claims by Mr. Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor, of threats made against his life since his resignation from office. The President has, thus, directed the Inspector General of Police to provide Mr Amidu immediately with 24 hour police protection”.

Additionally, Mr. Amidu has been asked to provide the police with details of persons who have issued him such threats.

“The former Special Prosecutor is also encouraged to assist the police with details of persons who have made these threats against his life, so that they can be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the country”.

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Martin Amidu on Monday, November 16, 2020 resigned unexpectedly from office as the country’s first Special Prosecutor.

Among other things, he cited interference by the government in his work although he is supposed to be independent and also the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings who to him, was a source of protection from the threats on his life after conducting a corruption risk assessment on the controversial Agyapa Mineral Royalties deal.

Martin Amidu’s decision has been received with mixed reactions.

While the presidency has denied the claims made by Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor has maintained his point and threatened to reveal more information if he is “pushed.”

Blame Akufo-Addo ‘if anything happens to me’ – Amidu

Former Special Prosecutor, Martin A. B. K. Amidu has said he is convinced that his life is under threat, saying the President should be held responsible if he is harmed.

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“All these threats of murdering me and burning [my] houses, I am aware…I know the persons behind it and the President will be responsible for anything that happens to me,” he said in an exclusive interview with Citi News‘ Umaru Amadu Sanda on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Amidu, in the interview with Umaru Sanda, said he decided not to engage in any media banter after resigning from office and warned that he will release more salvos if he is provoked by government apparatchiks.

“I have said that I was not going to talk to the press since my resignation. I’m being pushed by so-called responses to me which contain blatant falsehood. But I do not want anybody to blame me when I speak out and it becomes unpalatable. So, either the attacks stop or I’ll defend my integrity. It is something I won by dint of hard work from PNDC till date. So I will not allow anybody, not even the President, to pull that integrity into the mud,” he said.

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The former Special Prosecutor spoke to Citi News on the back of claims by the Member of Parliament for Assin Central that Mr. Amidu had medical records from Germany which he has concealed.

Amidu, however, rejected the claims and dared the legislator to provide any contrary evidence in his possession.

“Kennedy Agyapong is known in Ghana as someone who spews lies at any person of integrity who tries to fight corruption. So I am not surprised that he stooped that low to make accusations without any foundation.”

“I have never been to Germany on any occasion and let alone for a medical check, therefore, his allegations are false. And if he has any document to the contrary, he should produce them because my passports are available as evidence,” the citizen vigilante said.


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