Former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining, Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue has disclosed that the Office of the Special Prosecutor has been petitioned to bring closure to the ageing investigations into corruption allegations levelled against him.
According to him, the issue which had already been dealt with by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service exonerated him of all allegations which were levelled by Tiger Eye P.I’s Anas Aremeyaw Anas in the galamsey fraud documentary.
He indicated that the former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu had long advanced his investigations into the matter and could have hinted of wrongdoing on his part if indeed something was incriminating in the documentary piece presented by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Mr Bissue stressed that the matter had been prolonged; a situation he noted had caused him to suffer unduly from the insults and name-calling from political critics and sections of the Ghanaian community.
Speaking in an interview on a UK-based radio station; Omega Live, Mr Bissue mentioned that the new Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng is expected to act on his petition and make public his findings from investigations taken thus far. He indicated that his patience has been abundant, and thus believe the truth shall prevail.
“I have petitioned the Special Prosecutor to bring closure on this matter. It’s been three years and my human rights need to be safeguarded. I have suffered enough of the humiliation. And I believe that all I did was in the interest of the NPP.
“I would have spoken about this matter in its early stage but I remained silent so that investigations could be conducted without any interference on my part. Vindication is in the womb of time,” he disclosed.
It’s been three years since the ‘galamsey fraud’ documentary was released. Mr Bissue after the broadcast of the video stood aside from his office to allow investigations to be conducted into the allegations levelled against him.
But there is some information about how some undisclosed persons attempted to blackmail him with the video. According to him, some gentleman called him a day before the broadcast demanding a ransom so they could stop the broadcast.
As principled as he is, Mr Bissue turned down the offer and challenged the caller who is believed to be an ally of Anas, to publish the content of the documentary.
“A day before the video was broadcasted, someone called demanding a ransom so they could stop the broadcast but I turned him away. I dared them to show the content. It was because I knew I have done nothing wrong.”