Charles Bissue, former secretary to the now-defunct Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), has been declared a wanted individual by the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The declaration comes as a result of Bissue’s failure to appear and provide answers regarding an ongoing investigation into suspected corruption within the dissolved IMCIM.
In an attempt to prevent the Office of the Special Prosecutor from prosecuting him, Bissue recently filed a writ at the High Court in Accra. This legal action was prompted by the investigation into alleged corruption involving Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, the Chairman of the IMCIM. However, despite being expected to appear in court yesterday, Bissue was conspicuously absent.
In the filed writ, Bissue revealed that he had received a letter from the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which deemed him necessary for the investigation and requested his presence for an interview. Regrettably, he failed to comply with the invitation, leading to his current predicament as a wanted individual.
Adding to the complications, Bissue has taken no action on the injunction application he filed, despite several adjournments in the legal proceedings. The Office of the Special Prosecutor considers Bissue’s refusal to honor the invitation a significant obstacle to the investigation, thus warranting his declaration as wanted.
This recent development highlights the government of Ghana’s unwavering commitment to combatting corruption and upholding the rule of law. It is anticipated that Bissue will recognize the urgency of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s request and make himself available for questioning.
The government’s proactive approach in addressing corruption within the IMCIM showcases its determination to maintain transparency and accountability in public service. By declaring Bissue wanted, the Office of the Special Prosecutor aims to send a clear message that no individual, regardless of their position, is above the law.
As the investigation into the alleged corruption scandal progresses, the cooperation of all parties involved is vital. The Office of the Special Prosecutor is tasked with upholding the integrity of the investigation and ensuring that justice is served. It is imperative that Bissue, as a central figure in the case, fulfills his legal obligations and assists in shedding light on the matter.
In Ghana’s continued efforts to foster good governance and combat corruption, cases like this serve as a reminder that accountability and transparency are fundamental principles that underpin a fair and just society. The government remains steadfast in its commitment to rooting out corruption and ensuring that those who engage in illicit activities are held responsible for their actions.