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SP was examing AB Adjei prior to Manasseh’s expose

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Citi News has sighted a correspondence between the office of the Special prosecutor and the presidency which suggests that the recently publicized exposé by journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni which indicted the suspended Public procurement Authority ceo, Adjenim Boateng Adjei had been a subject of investigation by the state institution for many months now.

According to the correspondence addressed to the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, and sharp-sighted by Citi News, the Special {prosecutor|public prosecutor|prosecuting officer|prosecuting attorney|official|functionary|lawyer|attorney} Martin Amidu observed that the problem has been “the subject of ongoing investigations as a part of a report delivered to the attention of this office by the Auditor General several months ago”.

Although mr. Amidu expressed in the letter to the Presidency that he had called mr. Azure to congratulate him on the work done, he noted that his office has “independently gathered intelligence on this matter and has been given facts and materials from different sources, notably from the Audit Service and also the Registrar of Companies”.

Mr. Amidu also discounted media publications that his invitation to the suspended PPA ceo to appear for questioning on August 29 was because of the instruction from the President.

He said the invitation was done pursuant to an independent investigation conducted prior to the airing of the documentary by Manasseh Azure Awuni.

Meanwhile, in another letter from the Special prosecutor sharp-sighted by Citi News, the Special prosecutor has praised the presidency for suspending with immediate result, the PPA ceo Adjenim Boateng Adjei but questioned why an identical action wasn’t taken in other cases of corruption he’s investigating.

The fight against corruption, according to the Special Prosecutor’s letter, must not be “halfhearted, selective or ad hoc” but must rather be unequivocal and non-discriminatory”.

The Special prosecutor cited the trial of some 5 public officers including an appointee of the govt for alleged procurement malpractice in the Bawku Municipal Assembly and questioned why none of them was suspended or interdicted like happened in the PPA case.

Mr. Amidu said this situation creates the impression that the govt doesn’t “view corruption as a high-risk enterprise”.

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