A revelation by Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, that his resignation from the job is is also connected to the sudden death of former President Jerry Rawlings is throwing up questions.
Amidu, a sworn loyalist of Rawlings, reveals that during his short stay on the job, Rawlings was his only protection against some vultures in the Akufo-Addo government who wanted him dead because of his work into the Agyapa deal, and that even after resigning he still fears for his life.
“The events of 12th November 2020 removed the only protection I had from the threats and plans directed at me for undertaking the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption assessment report and dictates that I resign as the Special Prosecutor immediately,” he wrote in his controversial release explaining his decision to resign from the coveted position as the Special Prosecutor.
“Fear is the enemy of change and I am prepared from the vacuum created on 12th November 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. I acted professionally throughout in the discharge of my duties and my conscience is the anchor of my strength to face any consequences,” said an Amidu who may be having premonitions that he may be eliminated for suspicions that he holds a lot more damning evidence of corruption in the Akufo Addo administration.
Already, there are calls on the US Embassy to give Amidu sanctuary. The last time a journalist, Ahmed Suale, participated in an investigation that outed President Akufo-Addo and his Vice, Mahamudu Bawumia, as people whom former President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was collecting bribes for, Suale ended up with three bullets in his chest.
According to Amidu, “I should not ordinarily be announcing my resignation to the public myself but the traumatic experience I went through from 20th October 2020 to 2nd November 2020when I conveyed in a 13-page letter the conclusions and observations on the analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the Report on Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions and Other Matters Related Thereto to the President as Chairman of the National Security Council cautions against not bringing my resignation as the Special Prosecutor with immediate [sic] to the notice of the Ghanaian public and the world.”
Amidu may have sensed threats to his life after allegedly refusing to budge to President Akufo Addo’s purported pressure to have him shelve the damning Agyapa report that names the President’s nephew and Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta as the main mastermind of the fraudulent deal.
Amidu however ran to the public to spill the beans about what was happening behind closed doors, a move that observers are now seeing as a lifesaving tactic.