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Akufo-Addo directs IGP to provide 24-hour protection for Amidu

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Inspector General of Police to provide a 24-hour protection for Mr Martin Amidu.

This follows a claim by Mr Amidu, who resigned last Monday as the Special Prosecutor that some threats have been made against his life.

The Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin disclosed President Akufo-Addo's directive Thursday night [November 19, 2020].

"The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to claims by Mr Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor, of threats made against his life since his resignation from office.

The President has, thus, directed the Inspector General of Police to provide Mr Amidu immediately with 24 hour police protection.

The former Special Prosecutor is also encouraged to assist the police with details of persons who have made these threats against his life, so that they can be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the country," Mr Arhin wrote.

The attention of the Office of the President has been drawn to claims by Mr Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor,...

Posted by Eugene Arhin on Thursday, 19 November 2020

Mr Martin Amidu in a radio interview with Accra based Citi FM on Thursday [November 19, 2020] said he was convinced that his life was under threat and added that the President should be held responsible if he is harmed.

“All these threats of murdering me and burning [my] houses, I am aware…I know the persons behind it and the President will be responsible for anything that happens to me,” he said in the Citi FM interview.

Mr Amidu resigned from his position as the Special Prosecutor on Monday, November 16, 2020, after accusing government of interfering in his work.

In his resignation letter, he claimed he did not feel secure after releasing a corruption risk assessment report he did on the Agyapa Royalties deal.

He told Citi FM that he had decided not to engage in any media banter after resigning from office and warned that he will release more salvos if he is provoked by government apparatchiks.

“I have said that I was not going to talk to the press since my resignation. I’m being pushed by so-called responses to me which contain blatant falsehood. But I do not want anybody to blame me when I speak out and it becomes unpalatable. So, either the attacks stop or I’ll defend my integrity. It is something I won by dint of hard work from PNDC till date. So I will not allow anybody, not even the President, to pull that integrity into the mud,” he said.

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