Martin Amidu, CHRAJ Exposed! Hide GHC34 million Stolen by PPA Boss

Whatsup News has sighted documents that prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Special Prosecutor Martin A.B.K Amidu conspired to hide some staggering GHC 34.2 million stolen by the Adjenim Boateng Adjei, the sacked Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

Whatsup News gathered that CHRAJ, the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu and the Jubilee House “Mafia” sat through several days to massage the true figures in the comprehensive report to bring the loot down to a mere GHC 7.7 million instead of over GHC42 million stolen by AB Adjei in just two years in office as the PPA boss.

Last week, a CHRAJ report composed in collaboration with the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu claimed A.B Adjei had only stolen a total of GHC 7.75 million between March 2017 and August 2019, through the use of his office to award government contracts to himself and his cronies.

CHRAJ released a damning report last week doing a breakdown of fraudulent funds siphoned through AB Adjei account in the two and half years he served as the PPA boss as follows: AB Adjei’s US dollar Account – $516,225.00; his Cedi Account -¢3.83 million; his Euro Account – EU54.500 and another Dollar Account at United Merchant Bank at $110,000.

Converting the above amounts to the local currency at the prevailing rates puts the amount presented by CHRAJ in collaboration with Martin Amidu at approximately GHC 8 million

However, documents intercepted by investigative journalists Kevin Taylor and made available to Whatsup News show that both CHRAJ and Mr. Amidu lied about the true magnitude, as the true calculations made by both CHRAJ and Martin Amidu after accessing the bank of AB Adjei shows that the amount he stole through his stewardship at the PPA was more than GHC 42 million.

One of the documents revealed that in September 2019, Daniel Yao Domelevo, the Auditor-General who was hounded out of office by President Akufo Addo had prepared the exact amounts found in AB Adjei’s account.

The letter addressed to Martin Amidu with Reference number AG/01/19/119 reads: “We have reviewed the Bank Statements forwarded to us and attached herewith our initial findings for your necessary action.” After which the Auditor-General attached the monthly tabulation of amounts credited to AB Adjei’s account. 

From the breakdown, even his cedi account alone was twice higher than the entire amount CHRAJ and Martin Amidu claimed AB Adjei stole.

On October 25, 2019, Yaw Domelevo issued his report to Martin Amidu and CHRAJ, showing that AB Adjei operated three main accounts: A cedi account, a dollar account and a Euro account.

From March 2017 when he was appointed to the PPA position to August 2019 when he was kicked out, AB Adjei had siphoned GHC 15.7 million into his personal account, but CHRAJ report co-prepared with Martin Amidu, only GHC 3.83 million was stated as being in the account.

For his Dollar Account, AB Adjei had stolen up to US$ 4.5 million in two years, yet, CHRAJ and Martin Amidu claim he stole only US$626,225. The only Account the two state agencies came clean on was AB Adjei’s Euro Account, which contained just €54,500 in the two-year kleptomaniac spree at the PPA. This is apparently because that amount was truly meagre in comparison to the other accounts such that it would not have raised much of an eyebrow.

It is clear that AB Adjei was involved in the theft of funds to the PPA as a review of his bank account before he was appointed as the PPA boss by President Akufo Addo shows that he was just a regular man who earns modestly from his work or his businesses.

In the October 25, 2019 review of his account done by the Auditor-General, it states: “Our review of the 2015 and 2016 aspects of the Bank Statements from Stanbic Bank submitted showed that monthly deposits/receipts into MR. A.B Adjei’s Accounts within 2015 and 2016 range from GHC 9,000.00 to GHC 118,000.00 and $200 to $1000.00…”

Apparently, When CHRAJ submitted the main report to President Akufo Addo and his lieutenants at the Jubilee House, they reportedly felt terrified about the public backlash the government will suffer if the true amount was presented to the public, and thus proceeded to hack off a substantial part of the loot.

AB Adjei’s fraudulent exploits at the PPA broke on Wednesday, 21st August 2019, when Joy TV News aired a documentary produced by Manasseh titled “Contracts for Sale”.

In the documentary, AB Adjei was caught ambushing public procurement contracts and channelling them through his private company TDL. Most of the contracts never went through the required procurement process and were sole-sourced to his company.

After much public outcry, President Akufo Addo was forced to suspend AB Adjei from the PPA and the matter was subsequently referred to CHRAJ and the Office of the Special Prosecutor for investigation and appropriate action.

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