The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has asked Attorney General and Minister of Justice Godfred Yeboah Dame to resign from his job following the advice he gave to the police over the report authored by Prof. Frimpong-Boateng.
The party has asked him to resign, accusing him of failing to prosecute persons named in Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng’s report on illegal mining in Ghana.
The A-G says the report lacks the merits to warrant any form of prosecution.
He claimed that the report and its contents are unsubstantiated and do not provide sufficient evidence to prosecute the persons named.
But speaking at the Moment of Truth Series at the NDC Headquarters in Accra, the party’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi, asked the minister to resign.
He has also called on the Office of the Special Prosecutor to launch a thorough investigation into the matter.
“The NDC hereby demands the immediate resignation of the Attorney-General for his dubious attempt to cover-up serious crimes that have been perpetrated against the state by corrupt government and NPP officials who are destroying our water bodies and forests through illegal mining.
More importantly, we wish to call on the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Kissi Adjabeng to expedite his investigations into this matter and to immediately prosecute all those found culpable.”
He said “Fellow countrymen and women, our collective survival as a people is at stake. Our beloved country is fast losing its flora, fauna and water resources. We are fast becoming endangered species due to the greed and selfishness of a few government officials, party apparatchiks and irresponsible persons who are recklessly engaging in illegal mining with impunity.
We cannot sit aloof and allow this canker to fester. If we close our eyes to the evil going on, we shall all bear the consequences of the actions of these miscreants who are destroying our water bodies, lands and forests in search of gold to satisfy their greed.
This is why we must all take keen interest in investigations into this matter. We cannot and must not accept any shoddy investigation or farcical attempt to whitewash this monumental scandal.
The NDC calls on you, our friends in the media, the fourth estate of the realm to join us to demand accountability from our duty bearers. We owe this a solemn duty to our country and generations unborn.
Enough of the plundering and destruction of our lands, forests and water bodies. All government officials and party apparatchiks, who have in one way or the other engaged in illegal mining must be arrested, prosecuted and punished no matter whose ox is gored.
We hereby serve notice, that even if they are left off the hook today, they will not escape the long arms of the law tomorrow, because crime has no expiry date.
Until this is done, we shall make no headway in our fight against illegal mining and our beloved country, will have no sustainable future.”
By: Rashid Obodai Provencal/Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana