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Akufo-Addo accepts Kissi Agyebeng’s nomination as Special Prosecutor

All you need to know about Kissi Agyebeng, Ghana's Special Prosecutor  nominee
Mr.Kissi Agyabeng

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted the nomination of Mr.  Kissi Agyebeng as the Special Prosecutor.

This was made known in a statement issued by the presidency today, Thursday, May 6, 2021.

The statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, said a letter has been sent to the Speaker of Parliament to that effect to seek parliamentary approval in accordance with law.

“It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo accepted the resignation from office of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor on November 16, 2020, and in accordance with section 13 (8) of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), is required to appoint a replacement within six months of the position becoming vacant.”

“To this end, the Attorney General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, on 16th April 2021, nominated Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, under section 13 (3) of Act 959, to the President for consideration as the second occupant of the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” the statement added.

The Presidency in the statement said it “is hopeful that Parliament will expedite the confirmation process of Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, so he can assume the position without delay.”

About Kissi Agyebeng’s nomination

The Attorney-General, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated the law lecturer and private legal practitioner as the replacement for Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020.

Section 13 (8) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) requires the President to appoint a person qualified for appointment as Special Prosecutor within six months of the Office becoming vacant.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offences as pertaining to public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector alleged to have been involved in any corruption and corruption-related offences.

Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the Office of the Special Prosecutor the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offences upon referral from public bodies such as the Attorney General’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, as well as Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada and Cornell Law School, USA.

He has, since 2006, been teaching Criminal Law at the University of Ghana, whilst engaging in private law practice.

Source:citinewsroom

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Akufo-Addo is to blame for increasing robberies, crime-Haruna Iddrisu

NDC will form majority in Parliament in January 2021 - Haruna Iddrisu
Mr.Haruna Iddrisu, Minority of Ghana’s Parliament

The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, has blamed the increasing reports of armed robbery incidents in parts of the country on what he calls a “breakdown in law and order.”

Haruna Iddrisu’s assertion comes on the back of the latest robbery attack in broad daylight on Monday, June 14, 2021, leading to the killing of a young police officer and a trader at James town in Accra.

There have been a series of robbery incidents incidents in Accra in the last month, which are mostly carried it out brazenly in the full glare of the public.

The Minority leader, speaking to Citi News on recent developments, asked Ghanaians to collectively express their disappointment in President Akufo-Addo.

According to him, the President has failed to ensure that Ghanaians are safe to go about their daily activities.

“If what we are reading is anything to go by, then we all must collectively express our disappointment in the President and his handling of matters of personal safety and security. It means that there is the gradual breakdown of law and order, and I pray that we do not get to a state  in our country where the watchman himself is not safe, because when the watchman himself is not secured, when the policeman who is supposed to protect lives and property himself is not secured, then it leaves much to be desired.”

The Minority Leader also called for major reforms in the police and security set up, adding that the sector needs to be adequately resourced.

He also asked the citizenry to remain calm as the police conduct investigations into the incidents.

“I am told that for many of them [policemen], they are not adequately and sufficiently prepared to protect lives and property, and that is equally disappointing. But our condolences will go to the bereaved families, and we ask for restraint and calm in the country, whilst we call for greater reforms in policing in Ghana.”

With regard to the bullion van attack, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh, has instructed the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), to takeover investigations into the matter.

The IGP’s directive was contained in a press statement issued on Monday by the police and signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Shiella Kessie Abayie-Buckman.

“The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh has directed the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to takeover investigations into the attack on a bullion van at Adedenpo, a suburb of James Town in Accra on Monday, June 14, 2021, which led to the murder of a police officer.

Meanwhile, the Police Chief, has asked banks to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting money by end of June this year, referring the banks to an earlier meeting that was held on the subject matter.

He warned that his officers will stop offering g that service to the banks if the standard bullion vans are not made available this month ending. 

“The IGP is also reminding the Association of Bankers to provide fortified armoured vehicles for carting currencies by the close of June 2021 as earlier agreed between them and the Police Service, else the Police will withdraw its officers for escort duties,” the IGP warned in the statement.

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Bullion van robbers made away with shot police’s AK rifle – Report

The situational report of the police on the deadly armed robbery attack at Adedenkpo near Jamestown in Accra says the perpetrators made away with the AK 47 rifle of the police officer shot dead.

They also took away unspecified amount of money from the van.

The incident on Monday, June 14 shook residents of Adendenkpo as one hawker in whose direction one of the bank officers ran to for refuge was also shot dead by the robbers, who were on motorbikes.

The Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, has directed the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to take over investigations.

So far, crime scene experts have been to the scene and going through the necessary procedures, the police said on Monday.

Meanwhile, persons with any information on the incident have been asked to volunteer them to the investigation team on 0262122086, 0244994564 or 0244280001.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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[Fact-check] Sputnik V contract shows Ministry of Health lied

Mr.Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Health Minister

It has emerged that the account of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in explaining how the Government of Ghana reached an agreement with a private middleman to procure Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines is not accurate.

Contrary to claims by the MoH that it was the middleman who made an offer to which the Ministry responded, documents sighted by 3news.com show otherwise.

MoH’s narrative

In reaction to allegations by a Norwegian newspaper publication that the Government of Ghana used middlemen to procure 3.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines at unit price of $19 instead of the ex-factory price of $10, the MoH put out what it said were “facts about the process”.

In the said facts, as were contained in the June 9 press statement, the country agreed with one Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum to procure the vaccines at the price alleged – in essence confirming the allegations.

However, in giving a step-by-step account of how the government had to settle on the deal, the Ministry said all attempts to get the vaccine at the ex-factory price of $10 failed.

The MoH claimed it responded to an offer made to the government by Sheikh’s office which eventually led to the signing of the agreement.

“Against the background of non-response from direct channels and global shortages of the vaccines, the MoH, on 9th March 2021, responded to an offer from the private office of H.H Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of a total quantity of 3.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines, at a unit cost of $19,” the MoH explained.

The contract

This explanation, however, is not a true reflection of what was signed off in the contract between the Government of Ghana and Sheikh’s office. The contract available to 3news.com shows that it was the Government of Ghana which rather approached Sheikh’s office.

“The Buyer approached the Seller to sell and supply Vaccine to the Buyer and the Seller is willing to sell and supply the Vaccine to Buyer, subject to the following terms and conditions,” part of the contract reads.

Contradictions

There have also been some observed contradictions from government officials regarding what the facts are on the matter.

While Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta confirmed that some money has already been paid for the vaccines, Chairman of the Health Committee of Parliament Dr. Ayew Afriyie claims no money has been paid yet.

“So far no funds have gone anywhere, about seven companies have letters and various prices ranging between $12 to $19 so if the impression is created as if it is one company,” he said while addressing the press at Parliament.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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