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I did not ask the Special Prosecutor to shelve the Agyapa report- Prez

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo said he never asked the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu to shelve the corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions.

This was contained in a statement from the Presidency yesterday, which seeks to respond to the resignation of Mr. Amidu.

He said there was at no point a meeting with the former Special Prosecutor where he asked him to hold on with his investigation so he can handle the matter.

“At no point did the President ask you to shelve the report, so he could “handle the matter”. It is difficult to see in what way and in what context the President would seek to “handle the matter” when the matter was already public knowledge and had led to the Ministry of Finance suspending action on the Agyapa transaction in anticipation of your report” the statement said.

On the issue of interference, the President said at a meeting on November, 2020, he delivered to Martin Amidu a response from the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta on the allegations on the Agyapa but Mr. Amidu did not accept the response of Minister, which he sees it as disturbing.

“It is extremely important to emphasize that the subject of your discussion with the President on 1 November 2020, was the delivery to you of comments on your report by the Ministry of Finance.  At no point did the President ask you to shelve the report so he could “handle the matter”. It is difficult to see in what way and in what context the President would seek to “handle the matter” when the matter was already public knowledge and had led to the Ministry of Finance suspending action on the Agyapa transaction in anticipation of your report. You are clearly aware that the President had accepted the observations you had made in the Agyapa Report and had acted on it by issuing directives to officials of the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney-General’s Department. This cannot be the conduct of a person seeking to hamstring your efforts or to avoid the contents of the Report” the President noted in the statement.

Source: Ghana Waves

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