OSP declares Charles Bissue wanted


There is a manhunt for the secretary of the defunct Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining Charles Bissue, for corruption and corruption-related offences.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has officially caused a publication declaring the former regional secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party wanted.

The OSP has described Mr Bissue as a person of interest as it investigates activities of the Prof Frimpong Boateng-led Committee on Illegal Mining, following a documentary published by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

‘I am within the jurisdiction’

Lawyers for Mr Bissue had earlier questioned the approach being used by the OSP, indicating that their client will not turn up the invitation.

Mr Bissue had also filed a suit to block the OSP from investigating him arguing that the police CID had already probed a similar case and had exonerated him from wrongdoing.

He explained that he’s in the country and not on the run.

“I am within the jurisdiction; it is unfortunate that my photos have gone out as though I were a fugitive but that is not the case. So, everyone should calm down. I will go so that the truth is revealed,” he told Accra-based Asempa FM.

Redeem Image

He noted that going to meet the Special Prosecutor or any agency he’ll be invited for questioning “is an opportunity to redeem my image more.”

Mr Bissue said he knows and understands the law, adding that “I have been to the Special Prosecutor twice during Martin Amidu’s tenure, I went to NIB twice and CID and provided whichever question was asked.”

When asked why it has taken him so long to respond to the OSP’s invitation, a delay that pushed the Special Prosecutor to declare him wanted, Charles Bissue said that he was not in Accra at the time of the invitation, and therefore responded to avail himself the following week.

He added that he wrote to the OSP to explain he had an emergency to attend to, but the Special Prosecutor insisted he shows up the same day, adding that it was during that same time the warrant was issued for his arrest.


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