‘Citizen Vigilante’ and former Attorney-General, Mr Martin Amidu, has called the integrity of investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw into question, suggesting that the ace anti-corruption crusader has been compromised.
In an article published on GraphicOnline on Monday, Mr Amidu alleged that it was the late President John Atta Mills who recruited Anas to collaborate with select security personnel to undertake the judicial corruption investigation which exposed monumental bribery and corruption in the judiciary, involving over 180 workers, including 34 judges.
Mr Amidu asserted that the late President commissioned a two-pronged investigation targeting the judiciary and parliament, but while the current President, John Mahama, has sanctioned the release of the results of judiciary investigation to the public, he has compromised and suppressed the results involving parliament.
He said: “I was Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs in the second half of 2009, I was Minister for the Interior in 2010, and the Attorney General in 2011 before I left office in 2012. I therefore know what I am talking about.
‘I do not think that the late President Mills intended to suppress the results of the Parliamentary corruption investigation by compromising it and using only the results of the judicial corruption investigations to damnify the judiciary knowing quite well that whatever results to be obtained will only be the tip of the ice berg.
“Unfortunately, Prof. Mills died before his commission could be fulfilled and his successor, John Dramani Mahama, has chosen to use the results selectively and to suppress other results, particularly the parliamentary one whose video is ready, available to the Government and has with its permission been viewed secretly by the leadership of one branch of Government which is pleased to participate in the criminal conspiracy and unconstitutional conduct of suppressing it from the public to protect its image.”
Implying that Anas is complicit in the alleged plan by the President to suppress the parliamentary anti-corruption investigation results, Mr Amidu said: “An anticorruption activist or journalist must be a man of the highest integrity himself! He cannot be a government agent under any excuse.”
“Let the judiciary be exposed but it is unjust to hide the other evidence of corruption obtained by the same anti-corruptionpreneurs,” he added, saying: “He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.”
Mr Amidu also questioned the Attorney-General’s decision to grant immunity to Anas and his Tiger Eye PI team, whom he described as “entrepreneurial Government Commissioned undercover agents” who had collaborated with established security agencies as independent whistleblowers under the Whistleblowers Act, 2006 (Act 720), and contrary to the prohibition of the Police Service (Private Security Organizations) Regulations, 1992 (L.I. 1571).