President Akufo-Addo says he has “taken note” of the resignation of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, a day after Amidu quit and revealed that the President had attempted to gag him into keeping his resignation secret from the public.
In a statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin, the President is said to have also taken note of other things that Amidu reveals, which led to his decision to quit the job.
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has taken note of the resignation from office of the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin A.B.K Amidu by letter dated Monday, 16th November 2020,” Arhin wrote from the Presidency.
“President Akufo-Addo has also taken note of the other matters raised by the Special Prosecutor in his letter of resignation, and the Presidency will issue a detailed response to them shortly,” the letter partly stated, adding that the Chief of Staff, Akosua Fremah Osei-Opare has been directed to contact Amidu and resolve “all outstanding matters consequent upon his resignation.”
The other matters raised by Amidu that the Presidency says it will respond to include the revelation by Martin Amidu that when he tendered in his resignation to the President, the President warned him to rethink his resolve and keep his intentions close to his chest.
However, Mr. Amidu went ahead to resign, revealing in a statement to the public that he had decided to quit because the President was not happy about his corruption risk assessment of the Agyapa Mineral Royalties deal.
Amidu had flagged the deal as mired in corruption, breach of law and even money laundering. He reveals that this assessment had not gone down well with the President and others in government leading to interference with the independence of his office.
Amidu has even revealed that the President tried to force him to shelve the assessment and when he refused, the President tried to water down the report by asking Amidu to incorporate responses from the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta who was revealed as the main master planner in the Agyapa fraud.
Meanwhile, Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare has acknowledged receipt of Amidu’s resignation letter and thanked him for his service.
In a 17th November letter, Madam Osei-Opare also reveals President Akufo-Addo has accepted Amidu’s resignation.
The Chief of Staff states: “This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter, dated 16th November 2020 )Ref: OSP/2/AM/14) addressed to the President of the Republic conveying to him your decision to resign from office as Special Prosecutor, which he has accepted. The President has taken due note of the other matters raised in your letter, and the Government will issue a statement responding to them in due course.”