‘John Boadu’s Driver Didn’t Pay Bribe’

John Boadu

Minister
of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and Chairman of the
Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Professor Frimpong
Boateng, has debunked reports that a purported driver of John Boadu, the New
Patriotic Party (NPP) General Secretary, paid bribe to Operations Vanguard, the
anti-galamsey taskforce.

Reports
on social media in the early hours of Thursday, February 7, 2019 suggested that
a driver of Mr. Boadu scribe paid GHC40,000 as bribe when he was arrested by
the taskforce.

But
Prof. Boateng, who chairs IMCIM, told DAILY GUIDE in an interview
yesterday that the allegations were untrue.

He said that
his outfit has not received any report about the payment of bribe by a driver
of Mr. Boadu to the anti-galamsey taskforce.

According
to him, “John Boadu, the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party, is not
even in the country; his driver is not there. So it may be a case of
impersonation but I can assure you that from our investigations, the driver of
John Boadu is not around in that forest.”

Press secretary
and special aide to Mr. Boadu, Iddi Muhayu-Deen, also issued a disclaimer,
saying the driver of his boos has not been arrested.

According
to Iddi Muhayu-Deen, Mr. Boadu has no driver by name Evans Kwarfo, adding that
he has only one driver called Kwame Amo, who resides in Accra.

“Kwame
Amo does not own a mining concession in the Ashanti Region or anywhere for that
matter, and certainly could not have been arrested for this offense as claimed
in the Joy News reportage.”

“It’s
expected of a responsible media house like Joy News to crosscheck their facts
before airing same, as required by the very ethics of the journalism
profession.”

 “Mr. John Boadu takes serious view of the matter, and while demanding a retraction and apology from Joy News for this disservice, wishes to caution all persons using his name to perpetrate such criminal enterprise, including extorting money from people, to desist forthwith in their own interest.”

By Melvin Tarlue

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