The Office of the Special Prosecutor has launched investigations into suspected corruption and corruption-related offenses against embattled former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen.
A statement signed by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, said his office has promptly commenced a probe into the actions of Mr Adu Boahen and any other implicated person.
On Monday, President Nana Akufo-Addo terminated the appointment of Charles Adu Boahen as the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry after accused in the ‘Galamsey Economy’ documentary he demanded some monies to facilitate a meeting between supposed investors and Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Adu Boahen allegedly said Bawumia could be paid $200,000 as an appearance fee to meet the undercover investigators disguised as investors.
“By a letter dated 14 November 2022 and referenced OPS 305/1/22/1106, the Secretary to the President, upon the directions of the President, referred to the Office of the Special Prosecutor for further investigations, allegations of corruption levelled against Mr. Charles Adu Boahen, former Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance contained in an investigative exposé published by Tiger Eye P.I. and the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, entitled “Galamsey Economy,” The Special Prosecutor said in the statement.
“The Office of the Special Prosecutor has promptly commenced an investigation into the actions of Mr. Charles Adu Boahen and any other implicated person contained in the investigative exposé, “Galamsey Economy”.
I’m innocent – Adu Boahen
Charles Adu Boahen has denied using Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s name inter alia, to peddle influence and collect potential investors.
“It has come to my attention that a documentary to be aired by Tiger Eye PI, and an article published in the Crusading guide of today seeks to accuse me of brokering deals for the Vice President of the Republic.
“This follows an attempt to entrap myself and other persons in 2018. Substantively I have not been involved in this act of which I am being accused,” he explained in a statement.
He said he is stepping down as the Minister of State at the Finance Ministry to avoid any “distraction to Government and the Ministry of Finance at this crucial moment.”
“Consequently I have submitted my resignation to the President of the Republic,” he noted.
He promised to submit himself to a full-scale probe to ascertain the truth of the matter.
“I will however look forward to a full investigation which I hope will reveal that I have not committed this act.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana