Galamsey Fraud: OSP concludes investigations against Charles Bissue

Mr Charles Bissue was captured in his office accepting cash gift
Mr Charles Bissue was captured in his office accepting cash gift in the Tiger Eye video

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has concluded its investigations on Charles Bissue, a former secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).

Mr Bissue who was then the Western Regional Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) stepped aside in 2019 as secretary to the committee following the airing of an investigative documentary by Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and the Tiger eye P. I team.

The government appointee later denied the claims insisting that the Ghana Police Service exonerated him from any wrongdoing.

But in a 13-page document detailing its half-yearly report the OSP said noted that “the Special Prosecutor or an authorised officer will issue directives and further action on the matter in due course”.

The release of the report is in pursuance of section 3(3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959).

The 13-page report offers an insight into the corruption cases investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the highlights of activities undertaken by the Office between 1 August 2022 and 31st December 2022.

I am clean

Responding to questions on his alleged bribery scandal last year Charles Bissue noted: “The crux of it is that the Police did their investigations and exonerated me. The Special Prosecutor carried out his investigations as well. But I thought that for example, the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, owes this country a duty of care as well because of the investigations that he carried out… at that time he actually invited everybody and I wish to see the handing over notes he gave the new Special Prosecutor who was the lawyer for Anas in that matter.”

Mr Bissue is also puzzled why the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee, Professor Frimpong Boateng has kept a long silence. According to Mr Bissue, “if he (Prof Boateng) has got nothing to hide, he should come out.”

To register his frustrations over the continued attempt of political opponents to nail him on a crime he has not committed Mr Bissue stated that, “enough of Charles Bissue.”

Tiger eye P. I in a statement signed by the Chief Executive of the company, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, stated that his officers will be willing to testify on circumstances leading to Mr Charles Bissue’s abetment of illegal mining before any properly constituted Body.


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