CID interrogates Bissue after Anas’ galamsey exposé

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Charles Bissue, former Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee, has urged Tiger Eye PI to release the unedited footage of the galamsey investigative report that implicated him to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

In a statement, Mr. Bissue said he expects the raw footage to exonerate him.

Mr. Bissue also said he was on Friday interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service.

“I have subjected myself to the laws of Ghana and since no one is above the law, I urge Tiger Eye PI and Anas Aremeyaw Anas to provide the CID with the ‘raw unedited footages’, so that the good people of Ghana can have the benefit of knowing the truth.”

“I reiterate that, in the course of my duty as the Secretary to the IMCIM, I have never received any money as consideration to render service as a public officer,” he added in a statement.

Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako, who has close ties to TigerEye PI, said the team and Anas Aremeyaw Anas will not hesitate to make available to the government the unedited footage of its latest investigative piece.

Mr. Bissue is seen in the video report supposedly receiving money to facilitate small-scale mining licences.

Despite Mr Bissue’s denial of any wrongdoing, Anas Aremeyaw Anas insists that he [Bissue] abused his office.

Anas has further petitioned the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu to investigate the issue.

The government has also taken an interest in the case with Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, telling journalists that a thorough investigation will be conducted, and no one found culpable will be shielded.

“Government has taken notice of a documentary by Tiger Eye PI suggesting that it has uncovered acts that undermine the fight against illegal small scale mining. Government will have the said tapes properly investigated using the raw unedited footage and if any person is found to have solicited money or taken bribe to bend rules, the necessary actions will be taken,” Oppong Nkrumah said.

Find below his full statement

On Wednesday, 27 February 2019, the Tiger Eye PI aired a documentary titled “Galamsey Fraud” which exposed some corrupt practices in the mining sector.

Subsequently, on Friday, March 1, 2019, Government through the Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah assured the general public of its commitment to the fight against galamsey.

In his statement, the Minister stated that the said case will be “properly investigated, using the raw unedited footages” and “If any persons are found to have solicited money or taken a bribe to bend the rules, the necessary action will be taken.”

I subsequently stepped aside as the Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) for investigations to be carried out, stating that, ‘…I am prepared to avail myself, at all times, to the investigation process…’

On Friday, March 15, 2019, I was invited by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service to help them with their investigation to the said case, which I honoured.

I reiterate that, in the course of my duty as the Secretary to the IMCIM, I have never received any money as consideration to render a service as a public officer.

I have subjected myself to the laws of Ghana and since no one is above the law, I urge Tiger Eye PI and Anas Aremeyaw Anas to provide the CID with the ‘raw unedited footages’, so that the good people of Ghana can have the benefit of knowing the truth.

I have also noted with considerable interest, the many well-wishing messages and solidarity demonstrated by friends and acquaintances from all walks of life who believe in my integrity and can attest to my values and principles.

I am grateful for the support.

Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue

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