The Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, has reported the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central constituency, Mahama Ayariga to the Economic and Organized Crime Organization (EOCO) for attempting to block his investigations on him.
Martin Amidu in a statement sighted by citinewsroom.com indicated that Mahama Ayariga had sent personal friends, former colleagues, chiefs, pastors among others, to beg him [Amidu] to stop the investigations against him [Ayariga].
Martin Amidu, who said he was investigating Ayariga on suspicion of commission of corruption and abusing his office by importing three Toyota Land Cruiser V8s into the country, added that Mr. Ayariga refused to honor an invitation by EOCO over the matter.
According to Martin Amidu, a letter he wrote to the speaker of Parliament and copied to Mahama Ayariga himself to request that the latter’s presence only got him [Ayariga] to find some influential persons to come and beg him to back down on the probe.
Martin Amidu further added that despite cautions through EOCO to Ayariga to refrain from trying to obstruct investigations, Ayariga has persisted with getting people close to him [Amidu] to get the inquiry abated.
Mr. Amidu said he therefore on August 3, 2018, officially reported the matter to the EOCO and asked it to investigate the complaint of obstruction by Mahama Ayariga to the investigation.
Martin Amidu further noted that Ghanaians must respect his oath and pledge during his vetting to remain fair and not tolerate “any interference or obstruction from anybody or organ of Government other than the courts of law in the performance of the independent functions of my office even if the culprit were my only brother.”