Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, has pleaded with Ghanaians to ignore the charges brought against him by the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He asserted that the accusations made by Sammy Gyamfi, the NDC’s communications officer, are unfounded.
On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, The Attorney General released a statement in which he claimed that the NDC’s accusations were nothing more than a last-ditch effort to hide their own failures to combat the galamsey threat while they were in power.
“In spite of a multitude of allegations and invectives spewed on me by the Communications Officer of the NDC, not a single piece of evidence was furnished by the NDC in proof of any allegation made by Prof. Frimpong-Boateng against any person named in his report. The entire NDC’s press conference was, in point of fact, vitiated by a fraudulent attempt at explaining their orchestrated lies and abuses against me, as they are wont to do.
“The wild allegation that I am engaged in an exercise to cover up crimes allegedly committed by them is therefore perplexing, dubious and mischievous to say the least. I deem that press conference by the NDC as only the latest in the series of attacks on me for decisions taken in the regular course of my functions as Attorney-General which that political party finds to be inimical to its interests.”
“I respectfully urge the public to utterly disregard the discredited assertions of the NDC as unmeritorious and lacking any form of credibility. It is the height of injustice to prosecute people for crimes when there is no evidence. It is for this reason that the Office of Attorney-General did not prosecute either Prof Frimpong-Boateng or his son, Jojo Frimpong-Boateng in the face of allegations by the Adansiman Progressive Association that they were seriously engaged in Galamsey.”
The NDC urged Ghanaians to reject a recent legal opinion provided by Godfred Dame on the report written by Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, a former chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee against Illegal Mining (IMCIM), on Monday, October 16.
The NDC claimed that the Attorney General’s adviceciting parts of the report as lacking evidence is nothing more than a cover-up and an effort to whitewash the damning report during a press conference where the party’s national communications officer, Sammy Gyamfi, spoke.