Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, Editor in Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, has rubbished claims that former President John Dramani Mahama diverted $13 million EO cash during his tenure as vice president under the late Prof Atta Mills.
This followed the petitioning of the special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, by four individuals to investigate John Dramani Mahama for allegedly diverting $13 million meant for the development of the Western Region from the EO group.
“It is not true that payment of $13 million was required as a condition precedence for government consent…it is not true that the EO group were supposed to pay $13 million for corporate social responsibility to develop the western region,” Mr. Baako said on Metro TV’s “Good Morning Ghana” show.
The veteran journalist elaborated his point by stating that, the transfer of the said amount of money would have a paper trail, which according to him, does not exist.
Four private Ghanaians: Emmanuel Owusu, Eric Dumenu Akatsi, Peprah Kyei Baffour and Dawda Eric, have petitioned Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu to investigate former President John Dramani Mahama for allegedly diverting $13 million meant for the development of the Western Region from the E.O. Group.
The petition, dated 18 June 2018, in pursuant to the 1992 constitution invoked section 3(1)(b) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act,2017(Act 959) to have former President John Dramani investigated for alleged diversion of $13m meant for the development of Western Region from the E.O. group of company as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
The petitioners argued they are citizens of the Republic of Ghana with the constitutional right to expose and combat crime in the interest of the good people of Ghana.
The basis upon which this petition is brought to your office is as a result of an article published on Ghanaweb.com on the 2nd December 2016 by the longest-serving Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of Ghana in the person of Hon. Martin Alamisi Amidu.
The said article alleged that former President John Dramani diverted $13m to private pockets while he served as Vice-President under the late president Evans Atta Mills.