Malik Kweku Baako Jnr., Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, says the comments made by Victoria Hammah in her leaked tape are so damaging that they must not be taken lightly.

The leaked tape contained several allegations including a claim that the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, played a role in the election petition which saw President John Mahama maintained as validly elected president in the 2012 presidential election.

On MultiTV/Joy FM?s current affairs show, Newsfile on Saturday, Mr Baako insisted that since the person involved was a deputy minister ?we ought not underestimate it,? irrespective of the fact that ?it may not be true, or it may not be factual?.

He indicated that the allegations of Ms. Hammah who was sacked barely 24 hours after the tape went viral, should be of national interest, and must therefore be interrogated because they affect the integrity of the judiciary.

Mr Baako condemned the silence of government on the allegations raised on the tape, simply dismissing Ms. Hammah as deputy Communication Minister was not enough. He asserted that if the government had taken the matter ?serious enough? to sack her, then the ?matter is serious?.

The senior journalist intimated that it would be in the interest of Victoria Hammah to come forward with some ?further and better particulars? on the issues she raised on the tape.

?It should not be taken as a mere gossip?the lady has dropped a bombshell ? true or false is immaterial,? he emphasised, adding that the tape has a damaging effect on the integrity of the judiciary, the government and the dismissed deputy Minister herself.

On his part, Abraham Amaliba, a member of the NDC legal team, calls for a committee to investigate the claim about judicial tampering would be ?frivolous and amount to going on a wild goose chase?.

He said claimed by Victoria Hammah that Oye Lithur might have influenced the court decision was probably meant to raise the Lithurs to a higher pedestal to ?innocent listener? she had engaged in the conversation with.

According to him, Mrs. Lithur ?does not know the judges [at the Supreme Court] personally? which would enable her do the things attributed to her.



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