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CID investigation in Bissue’s case ‘unhelpful distraction’ - Tiger Eye

CID investigation in Bissue’s case ‘unhelpful distraction’ - Tiger Eye
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy
Date: 22-07-2019 Time: 02:07:35:pm
Charles Bissue was secretly filmed by Tiger Eye team collecting bundles of cash to circumvent the law to favour a company mining illegally.

Private investigations firm, Tiger Eye P.I, has welcomed the decision by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to discontinue its investigations into allegation of corruption made against the Presidential Staffer, Charles Bissue.

A statement issued Monday, by the investigations firm headed by the undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, says the Police’s involvement in the case has been nothing but “an unhelpful distraction”.

It follows reports that the CID of the Ghana Police Service has exonerated the former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal Mining (IMCIM), Mr. Bissue, from allegations of corruption.

According to publications, after thorough investigations, the CID, in a final report, concluded that Mr Bissue did not circumvent the laid down procedures of the IMCIM to favour ORR Resource Enterprise, the company at the centre of the incident.

However, TigerEye PI, which captured Mr. Bissue, collecting bundles of cash, said investigations are still ongoing by the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which they petitioned to probe the politician.

Charles Bissue

“Tiger Eye P.I. wishes to assure the public that is it fully cooperating with the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The last of such cooperation was on Friday 19 July 2019 when the Office of the Special Prosecutor provided Tiger Eye P.I. with an additional witness statement form,” the statement noted.

It noted further that: “So far as we are concerned, the matter is still under investigation and we await the final outcome of the process by the Office of the Special Prosecutor. We are grateful to the Ghana Police Service for graciously bowing out of the matter since its involvement has  been an unhelpful distraction.”

In a related development, the Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi BK Amidu, says the decision of the Police CID to investigate a presidential staffer, despite his opposition, is political.

He says he had written to the police and copied the Interior Ministry as well as the seat of government, the Jubilee House, on the matter.

The content of his letter was that the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP) had commenced investigations into allegation of corruption made against the Presidential Staffer, Mr Bissue.

See the statement below:

 

PRESS RELEASE


For Immediate Release

 

MR BISSUE & CO NOT EXONERATED-CASE UNDER REVIEW

Accra, 22 July 2019

Tiger Eye P.I. has become aware of a purported  statement from the Criminal Investigative Department (CID)  of the Ghana Police Service which suggests that the Police is no longer interested in investigating the “Galamsey Fraud Part 1” undercover investigations undertaken by Tiger Eye P.I.

 

Although it is framed in  language suggestive of the exoneration of Mr Charles Bissue and Co of fraud and abuse of office, Tiger Eye P.I. welcomes the decision of the Police to remove itself from the investigations. This is because the involvement of the Ghana Police Service in the said investigation has been nothing  but needlessly duplicitous  and superfluous and a total waste of resources.

In February 2019, a petition was sent to the Office of the Special Prosecutor just at the same time as the documentary was published. Our lawyers deemed the Office of the Special Prosecutor most suitable to investigate this matter, which also involves politically exposed persons. Tiger Eye P.I. did not send a petition to the Ghana Police Service and it has not participated in any purported investigation by the Service. The Ghana Police Service has conducted itself in this matter as an unhappy unsolicited busybody with no real substance to inform a decision. The Office of the Special Prosecutor is fully seized with the matter and it is still conducting its investigations.

Tiger Eye PI understands the police to be saying that it does not have the required evidence which is properly before the Office of the Special Prosecutor and so it is only fair that the police discontinue with its work and focus on other equally important tasks including finding the killers of Ahmed Hussein Suale, a journalist with Tiger Eye P.I., who was murdered in cold blood in January 2019 as well as the missing Takoradi girls and other seemingly cold case files. Tiger Eye P.I. assures  the Ghana Police Service of its continuous support to uncover some of these crimes.

Tiger Eye P.I. wishes to assure the public that is it fully cooperating with the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The last of such cooperation was on Friday 19 July 2019 when the Office of the Special Prosecutor  provided Tiger Eye P.I. with an additional witness statement form.

So far as we are concerned, the matter is still under investigation and we await the final outcome of the process by the Office of the Special Prosecutor. We are grateful to the Ghana Police Service for graciously bowing out of the matter since its involvement has been an unhelpful distraction.

 

Signed

Tiger Eye P.I.