A-G Had It Coming…His Dismissal Was Self-Inflicted Says Baba Jamal

Deputy Information Minister, Baba Jamal, has stated that though the dismissal of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Martin Amidu is "unfortunate" the former government appointee had it coming. To him, there was no way President Mills could have folded his hands over a situation where allegations are bandied about without shred of evidence being provided. President John Evans Atta Mills on Thursday, gave Mr. Amidu the marching off orders after he “misconducted” himself at a meeting that was supposed to serve as a platform for him to substantiate an allegation he made against an unnamed colleague minister involved in "gargantuan crimes.” In the wake of the fiery response of a statement he issued last week, which among others alleged a cover-up of "gargantuan crimes” against the state by a colleague cabinet minister and the mercenary nature of some members of the media sympathetic to the cause of the ruling NDC, President Mills, at a closed door meeting with the A-G last Friday, demanded him to substantiate his claims or jump ship. Mr Amidu, on January 11, 2012, signed and issued a statement titled, “Response to Malicious Libels against the Attorney-General”. In the statement, he claimed, among other things, that “... colleague minister of state who perceived my integrity and professionalism as a lawyer was a threat to the concealment of gargantuan crimes against the people of Ghana in which they might be implicated”. Mr Amidu again alleged, “Fairness requires that NDC criminals be prosecuted by me as well, as an independent and impartial Attorney-General, albeit appointed by the NDC Government.”