Martin Amidu Surrenders His Life To Akufo-Addo

Prez Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Martin Amidu, Ken Ofori Atta and Gabby Otchere-Darko Prez Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Martin Amidu, Ken Ofori Atta and Gabby Otchere-Darko

"The President will be responsible for anything that happens to me"

Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has said if he is harmed in any way or killed, President Nana Akufo-Addo, must be blamed for it, including his death.

"I put my life for the republic of Ghana and the president will be responsible for anything that happens to me", Mr Amidu charged.

Hours after Mr Amidu's alarm, The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, issued a statement saying "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".

The statement published on Mr Arhin's Facebook page went on to say, "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".

Former Special Prosecutor, had also challenged Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, to release any documents relating to his medical records to Ghanaians, if he has any.

This follows, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP's claims on live TV that Mr Amidu, has a medical condition for which he receives treatment in Germany.

Reacting to this and many others since he left office, Mr Amidu in an interaction with Umaru Sanda on CitiNews, yesterday, said he has been the target of threats of harm ever since he left office in connection with his corruption and anti-corruption risk assessment report on the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal.

Mr Amidu, who resigned from office as the Special Prosecutor on Monday, November 16, 2020, served notice to the Akufo-Addo government in an audio note that, if the attacks on him do not cease, he would be forced to come out to defend his integrity "without fear or favour" and damn the consequences.

"Please, I have said since I left office that I was not going to do any fresh interviews about my resignation, I was not going to talk to the press. I am being pushed by so-called responses to me, which contain blatant falsehoods, to speak but I do not want anybody to blame me when I speak out and it becomes unpalatable", Mr Amidu warned in his audio note.

"So, either the attacks stop or I'll defend my integrity, even if that means my death. It is something I won by dint of hard work from the PNDC to date and I'm not going to allow anybody, not even the president, to pull that integrity into the mud", the former Attorney-General said.

"I am a poor man who tries to lead a straight and narrow life and crusaded against corruption without asking for payment, so, they will try to destroy me", the Citizen Vigilante noted, adding: "Anybody who tries to fight corruption must be aware from the beginning that corruption will fight back and all that is going on is corruption fighting back".

To him, "it is demonstrating that the whole rhetoric about fighting corruption was mere rhetoric".

"The time for reckoning has come and nobody should push me. I repeat; nobody should push me," Mr Amidu warned again.

He said: "They should tell their people, who they wrongly briefed to be telling lies about me, to stop before I decide to respond and when I decide to response, I'll do so without fear or favour, even to the extent that if my life will be taken for speaking the truth and defending the Constitution of Ghana, as by law established, I'll do so".

Mr Amidu stressed that as a private citizen, "nobody can control me and I have a constitutional right too, to defend myself and the Constitution of Ghana, as by law established", indicating: "Corruption and corruption-related offences are forbidden by the Constitution and assessment of anti-corruption is something allowed under the Constitution and must not be subdued under personal attacks".

"It must stop", he emphasised.

Mr Amidu, said his critics and detractors must know that he is a "Citizen Vigilante".

"That is what they must remember", adding: "All these threats about bugging me, armed robbery, burning my house, I'm aware".

According to him, several attempts by him to speak to the Minister of National Security, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, on the threats against him, have hit dead ends.

"I tried to call Kan Dapaah, he didn't pick it and I got a former national security advisor to contact him and tell him that, and I know the persons involved, I can name them but I reserve it for the meantime", he said.

"I put my life for the republic of Ghana and the president will be responsible for anything that happens to me", Mr Amidu charged.

He said there have been a plethora of threats of robbery and arson against him. "The intelligence is there and I called the minister of national security but he didn't pick and I got a former national security advisor to speak to him and this fact is now known and I say that the president will be responsible for anything that happens to me".

"I'm a Ghanaian and I don't fear anything and, as I said, to die in the cause of fighting corruption is what I started with President Jerry Rawlings on 31st December 1982 and I'm not going to leave it because some people think that they can threaten me. I don't give a damn about that.

"…If they don't stop, I'll respond", he threatened, saying: "As to what I'll do, I reserve that for myself but as I said, whatever happens to me, I lay my life for the republic of Ghana and the president has a constitutional duty to protect me. I don't need any security in my house or to follow me. And anybody who makes an attempt, he will have himself to blame".

Mr Amidu also revealed that his kinsmen are ready to come down south in his defence.

"People have called and want to come in truckloads from Bawku and I told them that what they are hearing is not true because, as a citizen of Ghana, I'm entitled to say my mind and defend the Constitution."

He wondered why there is so much vitriol against him from people in government following his release of the Agyapa report.

"The fact that you are in government doesn't mean that when you are dissatisfied about a report, you go after the person or the fellow", he said, revealing: "The Minister of Finance has been my friend for years; why will I go for him? When I was writing the report, didn't he come to this house? Was he not here on 21 October? What did I tell him? Why is he now churning our information about me and targets and all that? Should I come out? Let's stop it and I say let's stop it before we wash dirty linen in public."

On Kennedy Agyapong's claim, he said "I have never been to Germany on any occasion for a medical checkup. I don't know any German hospital or clinic and therefore, these allegations are false. If he has documents on me having gone for medical treatment in Germany, he should produce them," he said.

He further argued that he is open for any probe as regards the claims, as propagated by Kennedy Agyapong.

"My passports are available, I have not been to Germany,' he emphasized, adding that he rarely has any knowledge at all about the country in question let alone receive treatment there.

Referencing his tenure in public office, he said none of his national assignments led him to Germany.

"The whole of my tenure, from the PNDC in 83 to when I left office on the 19th I did not have the opportunity to visit Germany…," he said.

However, per Kennedy Agyapong's explanations, it took the intervention of some key political personalities to avert questions about Amidu's medical records when he faced the Appointment Committee, prior to his appointment.

Speaking on the 'Seat Show' on Net 2 TV on Wednesday night, Agyapong alleged that during the vetting process of Martin Amidu, Mahama Ayariga, the MP for Bawku Central wanted to raise issues about Amidu's medical records but John Dramani Mahama, the former President advised Ayariga to refrain from that. "Martin Amidu thinks he's a 'tin god'. He should bring his medical records from Germany, I dare him. Bring your medical records from Germany to determine if you're normal…Ayariga was going to take him on to produce his medical records and explain why he went to Germany [but] Mahama told him to stop. 'Don't raise this question at the Appointment Committee'. Mahama advised them not to raise that issue [about] the medical records and it was never brought up because they knew that one [day] this will happen," visibly peeved Kennedy Agyapong said on his Net 2 TV.

Kennedy Agyapong, the MP for Assin Central, had alleged that Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor has a medical problem for which reason he should not have been appointed.

Mr Amidu on Monday, November 16, 2020, resigned from his position as the Special Prosecutor saying "the one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10th January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor."

Source: www.theheraldghana.com