A former Attorney General in the National Democratic Congress [NDC] administration, Martin Amidu, has been named as the Special Prosecutor.\nMr. Amidu, a man who has earned the nickname \u2018Citizen Vigilante\u2019 for his no-nonsense stance and campaign against corruption particularly in the NDC administration, was named by President Akufo-Addo today [Thursday], after an emergency cabinet meeting at the Flagstaff House.\nThe President in announcing the name, said he received the nomination from the Attorney General Sophia Akuffo, and has accepted the nominee, whose name will be forwarded to Parliament for approval.\n<img src="https:\/\/cdn.ghanaweb.com\/news\/dest\/81530946.full.jpg" width="500" height="333" \/>\nThe appointment comes barely a month after the President assented to the Bill which was passed by Parliament despite a vigorous debate.\nThe appointment of Mr. Amidu, a known member of the opposition NDC who has been very critical of the then John Mahama administration for various corruption scandals, will indeed come as a shock to many, considering that he was never mentioned when names were been bandied around in the media.\nHis appointment is expected to eliminate the fear of many who suggested that the Office of the Special Prosecutor would have been compromised, and not function effectively and fairly, if any loyalist of the governing NPP was appointed to occupy the position.\nThe setting up of the office of the Special Prosecutor was one of the key campaign promises made by President Nana Akufo-Addo ahead of his election victory in 2016 and it is aimed at tackling corruption much more vigorously.\nWhen fully operational, the Special Prosecutor\u2019s office will be independent of the Executive, which observers believe will allow it to adequately deal with corruption-related issues which have plagued past governments.\nThe Office will have the mandate to investigate and prosecute cases of alleged corruption under the Public Procurement Act 203 Act 63 and other corruption-related offenses implicating public officers, political office holders and their accomplices in the public sector.\nThe Prosecutor will also be mandated to trace and recover the proceeds of corruption.\n<b>Friction from NDC Minority<\/b>\nThe Bill appears to have been passed with little fuss from the National Democratic Congress Minority, despite earlier contentions when processes for the laying of the Bill begun in July 2017.\nBut the Ranking Member on Parliament\u2019s Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Inusah Fuseini, echoed fears from the Minority that the Special Prosecutor could be used for witch-hunts.\n\u201cWe have always had that fear. The Minority has always had the fear that this office can be used to witch-hunt political opponents,\u201d he stressed.\nThere were heated exchanges on the floor of Parliament at the laying of the Office of the Prosecutor Bill in July.\nThe issues came on the backdrop of varied opinions on the creation of the office.\nThe Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, in an earlier Citi News interview, insisted that the Special Prosecutor\u2019s office could not be established without tinkering with Article 88 of the constitution, which deals with the role of the Attorney-General.\n\u201c\u2026That is my understanding of the law. It belongs to the executive chapter of the constitution which is entrenched; therefore you cannot be seeking to review that through an Act of Parliament\u2026 I am certain that article 88 is entrenched, and not that which can be reviewed simply through a process of an Act of Parliament,\u201d he explained.\nAt a point, the government withdrew the Special Prosecutor Bill from Parliament after the Minority challenged the procedure in which the Bill was laid, claiming it was unconstitutional.\nHaruna Iddrisu argued that the Bill did not fulfil the mandatory 14-day constitutional process for its introduction in Parliament.\nThe Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who withdrew the Bill, however, did not explain the reasons for withdrawing it before it was re-laid before the House.\n<b>Martin Amidu punches holes into the Bill<\/b>\nIronically, the man who has now been appointed as the Special Prosecutor cited some possible lapses in the Special Prosecutor Bill in a 25-page paper critiquing aspects of the Bill.\nHe questioned why there was a clause that sought to limit the Special Prosecutor to specific crimes.\n\u201cThe attempt to distinguish types of corruption offenses that may be investigated and prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor sends the clear message to Ghanaians that the President and his Government now accept that certain types of corruption offenses are not serious for prosecution or at least to be prosecuted by the Special Prosecutor.\u201d\n\u201c\u2026the question may be asked, who will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting categories of corruption offences by the same public officers and politically exposed persons not meeting the standards in Clause 3 (4), or are they then immune from prosecution for such corruption offences?\u201d\n<b>Special Prosecutor doesn\u2019t need MPs approval \u2013 Martin Amidu<\/b>\nIn his critique, the Former Attorney General also explained that whoever is appointed by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the Special Public Prosecutor will not need parliamentary approval.\nHe said \u201cthe Constitution has clearly delineated the type of public officers who shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament. Public officers in the category of the Special Prosecutor do not fall under that category and it is unconstitutional for Parliament to partake in the unitary and exclusive appointment powers of the President.\u201d\n<iframe src="https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/plugins\/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FGhanaHomePage%2Fvideos%2F1766009150143142%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" data-mce-fragment="1"><\/iframe>\n<b>More About Martin Amidu<\/b>\nMartin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.\nAmidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.\nAfter civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.\nIn the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both however lost to President John Kufuor that year.\nIn January 2010, following a cabinet reshuffle, President Mills replaced Cletus Avoka with Martin Amidu as the Minister for Interior. As Amidu is a Builsa, some people raised questions as to his neutrality in dealing with the Bawku conflict. He however went successfully through vetting by the Parliament of Ghana and has since assumed his post.\nFollowing the second major cabinet reshuffle by President Mills, Amidu became the Attorney general and Minister for Justice of Ghana.\n<b>Removal from Office<\/b>\nMartin Amidu was relieved of his post on Thursday January 19, 2012, by President John Evans Atta Mills under circumstances described by aids as \u2018his misconduct\u2019 at a meeting chaired by the president at the Osu Castle on January 18, 2012.\nHe made allegations relating to alleged financial impropriety on the part of another cabinet minister, allegations he was asked by the president to substantiate.\nMartin Amidu, the former Attorney General, single-handedly challenged the legality of the payments after being relieved off his post at the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in 2014 ordered Mr. Woyome to pay back the money as Supreme Court judges unanimously granted the Attorney-General clearance to execute the court\u2019s judgment, ordering Mr. Woyome to refund the cash to the state.\nFollowing the delays in retrieving the money, Mr. Amidu in 2016, filed an application at the Supreme Court seeking to examine Alfred Woyome, on how he would pay back the money, after the Attorney General\u2019s office under the Mahama Administration, led by the former Minister for Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, discontinued a similar application.\nIn February 2017 however, Mr. Amidu withdrew his suit seeking an oral examination, explaining that the change of government under the New Patriotic Party under His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo and his Attorney General, Miss Gloria Akuffo\u2019s assurance to retrieve all judgment debts wrongfully paid to individuals Mr. Woyome in response prayed the Supreme Court to stay proceedings on the oral examination since he had filed for a review on the case.