Tiger Eye P.I have quashed reports that former secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining Charles Bissue has been exonerated of corruption-related offences.
A statement issued on July 22, 2019, 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”.
This comes on the back of 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.
Tiger Eye insists that Mr Bissue who was captured in a video collecting bundles of cash is still being investigated by the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which they petitioned to probe the politician.
Tiger Eye in their release said they are cooperating with the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu to get to the bottom of the issue.
Mr Amidu earlier today said the police had no jurisdiction to exonerate Mr Bissue and also accused them of interfering in his work.
See the statement below:
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.
Tiger Eye P.I.