President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has accepted the resignation from office of the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin A.B.K. Amidu,
A statement issued by the communications Directorate of the Jubilee House said Tuesday.
Amidu cited backlash on the Corruption Risk Assessment report on the Agyapa Royalty Transaction and other matters as reasons for his resignation, saying his position as the Special Prosecutor was no longer tenable because the independence of his office had not been assured.
The Jubilee House satement said President Akufo-Addo had directed the Chief of Staff to “resolve all outstanding matters consequent upon his resignation.”
It said the President thanked Mr. Amidu for his service to his country, and wished him well in his future endeavours.
The Former Special Prosecutor said it was essential for him to state for the purpose of the records, and contrary to public perceptions, that his appointment letter was received on 5th February 2020 (almost two (2) years after my appointment).
He said the copy addressees made no effort to honour any of the conditions of appointment in terms of emoluments and benefits of the appointment ever since his warrant of appointment was issued on February 23, 2018 to the date of his letter of resignation.
“I accepted the offer on January 10, 2018 to be nominated to be Special Prosecutor because Mr. President and Ghanaians knew I have been an anti-corruption crusader all my life and not an anti-corruption entrepreneur,” he said.
Mr Amidu indicated that “this explained why he has never put the emoluments and benefits of the Office as central to his commitment and his passion for the establishment of an independent, effective, efficient and impartial anti-corruption Office of the Special Prosecutor before the end of the first term of Mr. President.”
He said this has not been possible for several reasons.
His Deputy he said had also not been paid any emoluments, since her appointment, and there was the need to redress that situation for her now that he was out of the way.
He said the events of November 12, 2020 removed the only protection he had from the threats and plans directed at him for undertaking the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption assessment report and dictated hence his resignation as the Special Prosecutor immediately.
“Fear is the enemy of change and I am prepared from the vacuum created on November 12, 2020 to meet the threats of my demise as the price to pay for serving my country without fear or favour affection or ill will,” he said.
He said “I acted professionally throughout in the discharge of my duties and my conscience is the anchor of my strength to face any consequences.”
He expressed gratitude Ghanaians for both the support and criticisms during his tenure.