Attempt by the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) government to use the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to cow the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South Constituency , Dr Clement Apaak into submission has hit a snag, Today can report.
After failing in several attempts to tag the Builsa South legislature with corruption, our investigations showed that, the NPP resorted to fake petitions against Dr Apaak to achieve its agenda.
But Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, our sources within his outfit said, refused to be used by the NPP to go on a wild goose chase when he knew a petition against Dr Apaak who is perceived to be an ardent critic of the ruling government was fake.
According to a deep throat source at the Office of the Special Prosecutor, Mr Amidu who found out that the petition against the NDC’s MP was fictitious and also the hand work of the government did not take it kindly with the petitioners believed to be polling agents of the NPP in the Bono Region.
Mr Amidu, the source continued therefore reported the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service headquarters in Accra which he demanded the arrest of the fake petitioners.
The NPP, which according to our source was not happy with the decision of Mr Amidu “has since been thwarting the effort of the CID to probe the case”
Meanwhile our checks at the CID headquarters confirmed that the case was indeed reported by the OSP against the fake petitioners.
Although our source at the CID headquarters was reluctant to speak on the matter, Today observed that some people in the corridors of power were controlling the officer IN charge of the case.
Today gathered that since the case was reported, two officers who were initially working on the case had been changed for no apparent reason.
Today further gathered that the fake petitioners who were supposed to be arrested long time ago but due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus were still walking free.
“The COVID-19 excuse for not arresting the fake petitioners by now is untenable”, a source at Mr Amidu’s office told this reporter.
“The NPP is not happy that, the Special Prosecutor has not invited Dr Apaak for interrogation but instead going after the fake petitioners”, the source added.
The content of the said fake petition sighted by Today was signed by three (3) men and one (1) woman, all members of the NPP in the Bono Region.
When our investigators located the fake petitioners names withheld for security reasons in their base in the Bono Region, they disclosed that they were paid to sign the petition without knowing the consequence.
“As for me it was after i received a call from a police officer in Accra that i reliased i have been used. I don’t even know the said MP we petitioned against”, the only woman among the petitioners tearfully said.
The petitioners asked the Special Prosecutor among other things to investigate Dr Apaak’s tenure as the Spokesperson for Revenue Mobilisation Taskforce and the Head of Citizens Complaint Unit all under former President John Dramani Mahama,
Interestingly, our findings showed that the petitioners failed to provide evidence to support their claims.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH