The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has announced that his outfit has begun “full investigations into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of the recruitment exercise of Course 51 of Cadet Officers into the Ghana Police Academy”.

In a statement on Thursday, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) said the investigations will focus on alleged corruption and corruption-related offences of the use of office for profit, abuse of office, abuse of power, favouritism, nepotism, victimisation and the selection of unqualified persons.

The move by the Special Prosecutor, follows complaints in some section of the public, pertaining to the recruitment of cadet officers into the Ghana Police Academy.

According to some of the aggrieved complainants, the personnel in charge, exhibited favouritism and other unacceptable conducts during the process.

In line with its mandate, the Office of the Special Prosecutor is therefore expected to probe the allegations and bring the perpetrators to book.

Meanwhile, the OSP has given an update on the number of cases it is investigating.

In a statement issued on Monday, February 14, the OSP said, in line with its determination to deal with corruption in the country, 45 cases are currently under investigation.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor was established in 2018 by President Akufo-Addo, as part of measures by the government to deal with corruption in the country.

According to the Bill which outlines the objectives of the Special Prosecutor, it is mandated to investigate and prosecute all matters of corruption referred to it.

The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has consistently reiterated his resolve to work to achieve the objectives of the Office.

At his vetting, Mr. Agyebeng said, “I am not naïve to say that I am here to stop corruption, and indeed God Himself will not even acclaim to that, but I’m going to make corruption very costly to engage in. I will institute what I call, pressure for progress and institute systemic review of public sector institutions and the development of integrity.

Why can’t we have our own corruption perception index and publish them as to which institution is performing well and in that quest, If you are head and your sector is drawing the last straw, I’m sure you will sit up”, he stated.

Some Ghanaians have however raised concerns about the slow pace at which the OSP deals with corruption in the country. According to the concerned citizens, the delays do not augur well for justice in the country.

Reacting to these concerns, Kissi Agyebeng has stated that his outfit needs to gather relevant evidence in delivering on its mandate.

According to him, in as much as justice must be speedily expedited, there’s the need for his Office to first exhaust all due processes in carrying out its mandate.