General News of 2013-12-12

Vikileaks: Group wants Atuguba, others interdicted

A group calling itself the Crime and Intelligence Network (CIN) has called for the immediate interdiction of four Supreme Court judges, who were part of the nine-member panel in the landmark election petition hearing.

In a statement signed by the Convener of CIN, John Dawonne, copied to NEAT FM, the group is appealing to the Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs. Theodora Georgina Wood to, as a matter of urgency, interdict four Judges of the apex court of the land in order for “smooth investigations to be carried out”.

“As an intelligence network, we have listened and investigate all the allegations against the Justices of the Supreme Court before, during and after the Supreme Court verdict.

“We are well informed on how the four Justices were compromised and how it affected their sense of judgement. We are surprised that those Justices are still at post while they are under investigation. We want Justice Atuguba and his accomplices to do the honourable thing by stepping aside”.

This communiqué comes on heals of a fact finding committee set up by the C J, to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of claims made by the dismissed deputy Minister of Communications, Victoria Hammah.

She was captured on a secretly recorded tape, which was first aired on ‘Me Man Nti’, a flagship current affairs program on NEAT 100.9FM, discussing intricacies of government and the role Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister of Gender, Women and Social Protection in securing the Supreme Court verdict in favour of President John Dramani Mahama, whose election as president was being contested.

This, subsequently lead to the Victoria Hammah’s sacking from the Mahama led-administration, barely 24 hours after the tape was made public courtesy Adakabre Frimpong-Manso of Okay FM.

Nonetheless, the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) petitioned the CJ to investigate the matter due to what he termed as “damning revelations made by, the former Deputy Minister of Communications that the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition delivered by Justice William Atuguba on the 29th of August was influenced by the government of President John Dramani Mahama”.

Indeed, the Chief Justice of Ghana heeded the call and empaneled a committee to look into the claims.