Martin Amidu

Amidu: My investigators on former PPA’s boss case have been compromised


The Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, claims his criminal investigations on former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei, have been delayed because his investigators have been compromised.

Mr Amidu who is investigating potential acts of corruption on the part of Mr Adjei, said his office was collaborating with the office of the Auditor-General but that collaboration was cut short due to the conduct of his investigators.

This was contained in a letter dated Friday, November 13, and titled “An update on the referral of allegations of corruption against the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority by the Presidency to the Office of the Special Prosecutor”.

According to Mr Amidu, “one of the investigators was in constant communication with one of the lawyers of the suspects.”

He said the Auditor-General latter informed him that he (Auditor-General) had received a report from his staff that when they first met with his (Amidu) staff, they were told by his seconded staff investigators that the case was so good that each of them could benefit from it.

“In the interim it was becoming apparent from the manner the investigations were being conducted by the staff of seconded investigators to this Office that two of them were compromised because the Acting Head of Investigations and the case officer used less than one hour to search the premises of Talent Discovery Limited (TDL), Mr. Adjei’s residence, and Mr. Francis Arhin’s residence and literally found no material exhibits. Not even a telephone or iPad.

Further intelligence disclosed that one of the investigators was in constant communication with one of the lawyers of the suspects. I raised the matter with the investigators at management meetings,” the letter read in part.

It added that, “…I confronted the Acting Head of Investigations with the facts but he flatly denied them. But the same scenario was playing in other cases such as three very serious on-going investigations at the National Lotteries Authority, for suspected commission of corruption and corruption-related offences.”

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has sacked Mr Adjei for allowing his personal interests to conflict with the performance of his functions.

The termination of the appointment of Mr Boateng Adjei followed recommendations by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

Source: Graphic online / Ghana

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