Akufo-Addo orders IGP: Give Amidu 24-hour protection

President Akufo-Addo and special prosecutor Martin Amidu
File photo: President Akufo-Addo and special prosecutor Martin Amidu

The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has instructed the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Buanoh, to give Martin Amidu full protection, following alleged threats on his life.

The former special prosecutor has alleged that he has been receiving death threats ever since he carried out a corruption risk assessment on the Agyapa Royalties deal, leading to his resignation on Monday.

According to him, Ghanaians should hold Akufo-Addo responsible “for anything that happens to” him.

“All these threats of murdering me and burning [my] houses, I am aware… I know the persons behind it and the President will be responsible for anything that happens to me,” Amidu told Accra-based Citi FM.

“I have said that I was not going to talk to the press since my resignation. I’m being pushed by so-called responses to me which contain blatant falsehood. But I do not want anybody to blame me when I speak out and it becomes unpalatable. So, either the attacks stop or I’ll defend my integrity. It is something I won by dint of hard work from PNDC till date. So, I will not allow anybody, not even the President, to pull that integrity into the mud,” he said.

Following the interview, the Director of Communication at the Office of the President, Eugene Arhin, disclosed that a 24-hour security protection will be accorded the former Attorney General.
“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,” Arhin said in a Facebook post.

Additionally, Mr. Amidu has been asked to provide the police with details of persons who have issued him such threats.

“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.”

Source: Daily Mail GH

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