Veteran journalist and a sympathiser of the ruling New Patriotic party (NPP) government, Abdul Kweku Baako Jnr., has taken a swipe at President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for treating some appointees of his government caught up in alleged corrupt conduct documented by private investigations company- Tiger Eye PI- with kids gloves.
Mr Baako, who once claimed his relationship with President Akufo-Addo goes beyond politics, was not a bit enthused about the way the NPP government was handling the Galamsey Fraud exposé’ spearheaded by his mentee, (Anas Aremeyaw Anas).
“I am telling the President, they should wake up,” he said while drawing attention to what he observed as attempts within government to shield the secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCM) who has been implicated in corruption investigations.
The Secretary, Charles Cromwell Bissue, was captured in a video allegedly taking monies from a Tiger Eye PI operative posing as a businessman.
Charles Bissue allegedly took GHC35,000 in the course of three meetings to circumvent measures to curb illegal mining.
Mr Bissue has been accused by Anas of abusing his office, breaching his fiduciary duties, engaging in bribery and corruption which he said were uncovered by way of hard facts, captured on audio/visual recording, and electronic correspondence.
Since the broadcast of the investigative video on February 27, 2019, Bissue who is primarily a presidential staffer, has stepped aside as Secretary to the IMCM.
He had denied the allegations and submitted to police investigations.
Tiger Eye PI, the investigative company established by journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, had petitioned the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to investigate allegations of bribery and corruption against Mr Bissue.
Anas also supplied raw footage of the investigations to the OSP. Despite ongoing investigations at OSP, the IMCM has asked the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the allegations of corruption and officials implicated in the video.
The implicated secretary last week Friday took to social media, asking Tiger Eye PI and Anas Aremeyaw Anas to provide the CID with the ‘raw unedited footages.’
Some pro-NPP sections on social media had also shared posts suggesting Anas Aremeyaw Anas failed to supply government with raw tapes even though the information minister had said, government never made such a request.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah had said, following the broadcast of the documentary, that government would conduct an investigation into the revelations of the documentary. But his press conference on the latest investigations was misreported.
Kweku Baako, irked by happenings, described IMCM’s request for CID investigations “absolute nonsense”.
“Why do we want to duplicate issues?”, he charged on Asempa FM last Monday, and questioned the motive of the IMCM in “ignoring” the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
“Why are they ignoring where the complainant has gone to? Is there a certain motive?”, he said and noted the tactic of the IMCM is to ‘choose the territory to have the battle”.
“Why are they all consciously ignoring that option? Why do you ignore the OSP and choose the CID”? He wondered and indicated he expected the illegal mining committee to first and foremost deal with the OSP.
“What stopped the IMCM from writing to the SP? “Why not copy the SP?”, he asked, expressing disappointment with the IMCM.
He accused the committee of being part of the problem it was supposed to address and fired at the committee for playing games which “don’t help government”.
Mr Baako called the CID investigations “a waste of time” and the IMCM invitation to the CID to investigate the matter a “disrespect to the process that has been initiated.”
“I advise this government, there is no need sometimes to attract needless collateral damage when individuals you appoint misbehave. Let them fight their own fight”.
Kweku Baako expressed regret that some members of government’s social media team were trying to undermine Anas’s efforts at punishing implicated officials.