Mr Martin Amidu
Mr Martin Amidu

Former Attorney?General and Minister of?Justice who was sacked?from government for his?unwavering anti-corruption?stance, has challenged?President Mahama?s commitment?to the fight?against narcotic drugs.

Mr Martin Amidu
Mr Martin Amidu

Martin Alimisi Benz?Kaiser Amidu believes that?the president is not merely?paying lip-service to the?fight against narcotic?drugs, but also doing?propaganda with it.

?President John?Mahama as Vice President,?and as the President of?Ghana, has been unable to?stem the menace of drug?trafficking within the?small territorial boundaries?of Ghana,? he noted?in his latest epistle?released in the early hours?of yesterday.

It was in reaction to?President Mahama?s?promise that he would use?his chairmanship of the?Economic Community of?West African States?(ECOWAS) to stem the?menace of drug trafficking?in the sub-region. He gave?the assurance when members?of the West African?Commission on Drugs?(WACD) called on him at?the Flagstaff House last?Wednesday.

But the man whose?fight against corruption?has earned him the nickname,??Citizen Vigilante,??emphasized, ?Aside from?propaganda as we have?come to understand the?use of the term by the?President, this NDC Government?cannot fulfill the?basic requirement of social?democracy to ensure the?egalitarian wellbeing of its?citizens by protecting?them against the menace?of drug trafficking and?consumption.?

Reason ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? According to him,??The NDC 3 and 4 governments?have a penchant not?to take drug trafficking?and the prosecution of?other serious crimes seriously?particularly, when?the culprits are perceived?to be associates of the government.?

?Instead,? he indicated,??When one is perceived?to be an opponent?of the government or a?sacrificial lamb, exhibitions?in the nature of high?profile trials are mounted?to pull wool over the face?of the ordinary Ghanaian.?

Facts On File ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?In one of such?instances, the former?Attorney General, whose?aversion for corruption?knows no bound, said??One Joe Owoahene?Acheampong was arrested,?tried and convicted?and sentenced for narcotic?drug offences by the?Regional Tribunal in?Accra. While serving his?sentence in the Kumasi?prison an appeal was?made at a high court in?Kumasi instead of the?Court of Appeal in Accra?as mandated by Articles?126 and 137 of the Constitution.

The high court?judge purported to assume?jurisdiction and ordered?the release of the drug trafficking?prisoner forthwith.

The drug trafficker was?spirited out of the country?the same day or night as if?by prior arrangement.?Somehow, the Government?of Ghana, through?the office of the Attorney?General in Kumasi, supported?this unconstitutional?procedure in the high?court, Kumasi.?

Effect
For him, ?The simple?and common sense nature?of this case and the fact?that the government?should not have supported?the release of the prisoner?on the orders of the?Kumasi high court judge is?demonstrated by the fact?that the whole decision of?the Supreme Court delivered?on 18 November, 2010?is in one sentence: ?Application?granted since under?article 126 and 137 of the?Constitution the high?court clearly does not have?appellate jurisdiction over?the regional tribunal.??

According to him, the?Supreme Court then made?the following order: ?Let?the judgment of the High?Court Judge, Kumasi,?delivered on 4 June, 2010?in a matter entitled ?Joe?Owuahene Acheampong v.?the Republic,? be brought?before this court for the?purpose of being quashed?and the same is hereby?quashed as having been?made without jurisdiction.?Consequently, the warrant?of imprisonment is hereby?restored.?

Negligence
In spite of the order of?the Supreme Court, Mr.?Amidu said Joe Owoahene?Acheampong is still at?large with all the powers?at the disposal of the government,?including Interpol?powers whiles ?The?agents of the government?in the Attorney General?s?office in Kumasi who?deliberately perpetrated?the illegality are still at?post and the Chief State?Attorney who was incharge?of the Ashanti?Region tried to justify the?unconstitutional conduct,?even after the decision and?order of the Supreme?Court.?

?To add insults to?injury and concretize the?perceptions of the Government?s?interest in not?arresting and returning the?drug trafficker to prison,?the Chief State Attorney,?William Kpobi, has been?rewarded with a transfer?to Accra and placed in the?Civil Division as the next?most senior person to the?Solicitor-General?, he?observed with trepidation.

Anxiety
His fear is that, the?said Chief State Attorney??could assume the office of?the Solicitor General or act?on her behalf in her
absence.?

The Citizen Vigilante?noted with emphasis,??This is the smoke screen?behind which the John?Mahama NDC government?promises or makes?its propaganda to fight?drug trafficking and other?serious transnational?organized crimes in Ghana?and the ECOWAS.?

For him therefore, the?fight against narcotic?drugs ?cannot be achieved?by propaganda in the?nature of promises which?are glaringly against the?facts and experience even?in Ghana, let alone the?ECOWAS.

BY Charles?Takyi-Boadu

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