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

Martin Amidu said he is convinced that his life was under threat and that the president should be held responsible if he is harmed

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has directed the Inspector General of Police to provide 24-hour police protection for Martin Amidu, the former Special Prosecutor.

The move follows a claim by Amidu that there have been threats made against his life.

“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,” Amidu told Citi FM.

“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,” Eugene Arhin, director of communications at the Office of the President, said in a Facebook post.

Eugene Arhin post

Arhin added, “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.”

Amidu resigned as the Special Prosecutor after over two years in office.

In a letter to President Akufo-Addo, he suggested that the president has not been able to ensure his independence and freedom of action.

He said, “My position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable.”

Amidu said his decision is to enable his appointing authority “to take steps to appoint a replacement to that position as required by law.”

“This is to inform the public that I resigned from my position as the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor with immediate effect upon the submission of my letter of resignation with reference number OSP/2/AM/14 dated 16 November 2020 which was received at the Office of the President at 15:15 HRS this afternoon,” he said in his letter to the president.

“The one condition upon which I accepted to be nominated as the Special Prosecutor when you invited me to your Office on 10 January 2018 was your firm promise to me that you will respect and ensure same by your Government for my independence and freedom of action as the Special Prosecutor,” the letter said.

Amidu, a former attorney general in the National Democratic Congress [NDC] administration, was named as the Special Prosecutor in January 2018.

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