The Editor in Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper, has described as a “storm in a tea cup” allegations of corruption against two Chiefs of Staff by a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and musician, Kwame Obeng Asare, popularly called A Plus.
Kweku Baako Jnr, said but for the controversial leaked tape recording, the allegations made by A Plus, against Abu Jinapor and Boakye Asenso, were exaggerations.
The Former Finance Minister under John Evans Atta-Mills government, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor’s Unibank, was mentioned together with South Africa’s Stanbic, as those remotely behind the controversy.
The two banks are struggling over a revenue collection contract at the Korle Teaching Hospital. It is not clear, whether they have paid some monies to the Flag Staff House officials to influence the award of the contract.
While, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and A-Plus, appear to be on the side of Stanbic, Abu Jinapor and Boakye Asenso, are on the side of Unibank, because according to A-Plus, it had sponsored the NPP’s 2016 Presidential Campaign to warrant the contract.
In a revealing comment on Joy FM’s Newsfile programme, on Saturday, Kweku Baako Jnr, said A Plus appears to have been appointed officially or unofficially as the Special Aide to the acting CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, but stopped short of suggesting he was protecting his own selfish interest, as far this whole scandal is concerned.
Mr. Baako, had A-Plus’ police statement on set.
It is unclear, whether the Police leaked it to him or the Flagstaff House, which had instructed the police to carry out the investigation, leaked it to save the skins of the two deputy chiefs of staff, who A-Plus, has nicknamed Deputy Thieves of Staff.
Malik Baako Jnr, broke down to every detail the source of the scandal between A Plus and the two Chiefs of Staff- the Korle Bu scandal-which has since seen a new twist in a leaked tape controversy.
According to him, the scandal began after the management of Korle Bu, decided to abrogate a revenue collection contract it had with Unibank.
The contract, had to be abrogated, because Stanbic Bank, was also doing the same job for the Hospital and Korle Bu was uncomfortable having two banks performing the same job.
However, the decision to abrogate the contract with the Unibank, did not go down well with the Ghanaian owned bank, whose officials decided to petition the Vice President and the Chief of Staff on July 12, 2017.
The bank, believed due process was not followed in the award of contract to their competitors, Stanbic and demanded the presidency to intervene.
Kweku Baako Jnr, said when the matter was brought to the attention of the Chief of Staff, the two Deputies in the office, particularly Boakye Asenso, was convinced the decision to select Stanbic ahead of Unibank, was not transparent.
The Chiefs of Staff, believed Stanbic, had been favoured at the expense of a local bank without any due process.
The two, concluded that the decision taken by the Korle Bu management was irregular and unsustainable, particularly in the absence of the Board.
The position taken by the two persons, did not go down well with A Plus, who then began waging a crusade and an allegation of corruption against the two.
Kweku Baako Jnr, brought a copy of a report A Plus submitted to the Police CID, in which he stated that he did not at any point accuse the two of collecting bribes.
However, he accused the two of using their positions to favour Unibank at the expense and interest of the public.
Baako quoted A Plus’ report as saying, Jinapor and Asenso Boakye are favouring Unibank, because, the local bank contributed to the NPP campaign ahead of the 2016 elections.
That for him [A Plus] smacks of corruption by the two Chiefs of Staff.
He did not, however, give any evidence of corruption or wrongdoing by the two gentlemen.
On that aspect, the ace journalist, said the allegations by A Plus, was nothing but “hot air” except that the new twist which is the leaked tape controversy, has to be investigated more.
The career of the Deputy boss of the Criminal Investigative Department, is at a crossroads, Editor in Chief of the Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, has said.
While he commended the hard work of ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah, which made her climb the rungs of the police administration, Baako, hinted her conduct in a recently leaked tape controversy involving musician, A Plus, fell below the expectation of a professional police officer.
Kweku Baako Jnr, will not confirm or deny the possibility that the leaked tape, which has gone viral in the media may have been doctored, but said the comments contained in the conversation attributed to ACP Tiwaa Addo Danquah, were untidy.
In a new twist to the A Plus conundrum with the two Chiefs of Staff, the Deputy CID boss, has been caught up in a leaked conversation with the musician, a conversation which a cover up.
ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah, was heard telling A Plus in the leaked conversation to let go the allegations of corruption he made against the two Chiefs of Staff, allegations her outfit had been instructed by the president to investigate.
She was heard saying, although her investigation in Korle Bu, revealed corruption, the issue must be “managed”.
Even before the investigations will officially begin, the police chief, called A Plus to make concessions and asked him to let go the allegations he has made against the two Chiefs of Staff.
The leaked tape, appeared shortly after the police, had issued a statement clearing the two chiefs of staff and describing the allegations by A Plus as “baseless and unsubstantiated.”
In a statement, the CID, insists the leaked tape, had been doctored to tarnish her reputation.
Olivia Turkson, who spoke on behalf of the CID, confirmed her boss, had a telephone conversation with A Plus. She also confirmed the voice in the leaked tape was that of her boss, but was quick to deny the content of the conversation.
The CID said the “doctored tape” is to tarnish the reputation of ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah and has sworn to take on the musician.
The matter has since triggered lots of public reaction with many criticizing the police CID unit.
Discussing the matter on Newsfile, Kweku Baako Jnr, said while the controversy about the allegations of corruption against the two chiefs of staff was a needless storm in the teacup, the leaked tape controversy is a dent on the career of the police chief and also brings into question the investigation conducted by the CID.
“I feel sorry for the lady. For a woman to rise to that level Deputy CID boss is no joke. That shows her character, strength and willpower. I think her career is at the crossroads and it is so sad,” he said.
Even though, he is not in the position to confirm or deny whether the audio had been doctored, he said what came out from the woman was unacceptable, especially when she has confirmed that the voice on the leaked tape was hers.
Kweku Baako Jnr said, there has to be an independent probe into the whole allegation in order to put the whole matter to rest.
Former Natural Resources Minister, Inusah Fuseini, who was also on the show, described the police chief as “overzealous and has herself to blame” for the whole scandal.
He said, the Police Chief, was so much in haste to protect the image of the NPP and that is not good enough.