Samson Lardy Anyenini, a private legal practitioner has told Good Evening Ghana in a report monitored by GhanaWeb that the former Special Prosecutor, Martin ABK Amidu, was wrong on some of the positions taken on the Agyapa Royalties Agreement.
“Martin has his mistakes and sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that because he was the citizen vigilante, everything he does is good, everything he says is correct,” Samson Lardy Anyenini observed. “His approach to interpreting the law, that I can clearly go through and tell you he is wrong on Agyapa.”
“Having known him [Amidu] from where I came a bit closer and even reading some of the fights that he took on and his own character regarding some of the things that you don’t expect typical public servants…he demonstrates throughout the period that he is not there for the money, or what he will gain; he is there to serve the country but that doesn’t make him an epitome of the laws of this country…”
When Godfred Yeboah Dame, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice nominee appeared before the Appointments Committee, he suggested that the former Special Prosecutor was not mandated under law to present a copy of his assessment report on the Agyapa Royalties agreement to the president. He said this during his vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Friday, February 12, 2021.
During his vetting, Ranking Member Haruna Iddrisu asked him: “You are saying that the Special Prosecutor was not required to present the report to whom?”
“To the president,” Dame answered, adding that “he was not required to present the report to the president. I don’t see anywhere in ACT 959 that mandates the Special Prosecutor to present a copy of the report to the president.”
“He presented a copy of the report to the president and in doing so he himself spelt out the rationale for doing so. His letter written to the president stated that whatever he did was to guide future actions,” the former Deputy Attorney General said.