Martin Kpebu, a private legal practitioner, has been contesting the Attorney-General’s legal advice to the Ghana Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on former Environment Minister Dr. Frimpong-Boateng’s report.
According to the Attorney General’s office, Prof. Frimpong Boateng’s charges in his report on illicit mining operations in the nation are false and lack proof to prosecute the individuals mentioned in it.
As a result, the Attorney General directed the police to release all of the people included in the report save those who were still under investigation.
However, according to Martin Kpebu, the Attorney-General erred in his report finding.
In a previous interview with Joy FM, he indicated that Godfred Yeboah Dame had failed to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the charges, and thus he should reverse his advise and revisit the situation.
On Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on October 19, he stated the same, requesting the Attorney General to investigate Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, President Akufo-Addo’s cousin, for his role in Heritage Imperial’s illicit mining activities.
Mr. Otchere-Darko was named in the previous Minister’s report as having allegedly influenced the release of several Chinese miners employed by the mining firm.
According to the investigation, Mr. Otchere-Darko was well aware of his clients’ detrimental behaviors but chose to utilize his privileged position to shield them and their destructive acts.
According to Martin Kpebu, the Attorney General may have demanded that Mr. Otchere-Darko provide all of the mining leases he reportedly stated his clients owned during his phone chat with the former minister, failing which he could be punished with ‘deceit of a public servant.’
“… Gabby’s call was an interference of his work, right? So now question is, what did Gabby come out to say? He said he called to inform Frimpong-Boateng that Imperial Heritage had all the mining leases. So what I’m expecting is that now in the opinion did they show us that they talked to Gabby and Gabby has supplied all the mining leases? Has Gabby given them all the mining leases?
“Because in the interview, I can remember it clearly, Gabby called, he doesn’t deny it, that he called to say that they had all the documents. So where in the opinion was it shown and why don’t they exhibit it that Gabby has furnished them with the draft of mining permits and everything under the book that Imperial has? So in the absence of such evidence that’s a poor job. That is a poor job.
“That will be deceit of public officer. Deceit of public officer, a public officer engaged in trying to hold people to account then you call him and tell him that they have every permit under the sun, every permit. For me, until they bring the evidence it means that he doesn’t have it,” he said.