Parliament’s Appointment Committee will vet Special Prosecutor nominee, Martin A.B.K Amidu, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
The former Attorney General and Minister for Justice was nominated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the first ever Special Prosecutor in January this year.
Mr. Amidu has earned the nickname ‘Citizen Vigilante’ for his no-nonsense stance and campaign against corruption, particularly during the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) administration.
The President in announcing the name said he received the nomination from the Attorney General, Gloria Akuffo, and accepted the nominee.
The President also noted: “Mr. Amidu, although a retired public officer, has accepted the nomination.”
He added that “Mr. Amidu has the requisite integrity and independence of character to occupy such challenging office.”
“I have done so because I am fully convinced that Mr. Martin Amidu, a prominent legal personality who held the high office of the Attorney General of the Republic in the government of the late President John Evans Atta Mills has the requisite integrity, competence, courage and independence of character to discharge effectively the responsibilities of this office”, he said.
Martin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.
Mr. Amidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) military government.
After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry John Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General.
This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.
In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of late Professor John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills. They both, however, lost to President John Agyekum Kufuor that year.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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