Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor exonerated of bribery allegations

Accra, The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has exonerated Messrs Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, both deputy chiefs of staff, of bribery allegations.

Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as A-Plus, a Ghanaian musician, on August 27 made corruption and thievery allegations against the two in his Facebook post.

A statement signed by Commissioner of Police, Mr Bright Oduro, Director-General of the CID, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, cleared Messrs Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor of the allegations.

It said the CID commenced investigations into the allegations to establish the authenticity or otherwise and consequently, A-Plus was invited to assist with the investigations.

The statement said in the course of the investigations A-Plus categorically denied ever accusing Messrs Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor of thievery and or receiving any money as bribe.

It said the basis of his allegation was that Messrs Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor had interfered in the management of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and, in the opinion of A-Plus, it amounted to corruption.

The statement said the CID, therefore, followed up on the allegations and interviewed witnesses including Dr Felix Anyah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, as well as Messrs Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor.

It said at the conclusion of a comprehensive investigation on August 27, the incontrovertible facts were established that a petition by Unibank Ghana Limited to the effect that the Management of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital had abrogated an existing Memorandum of Understanding with it without any reason, which the Bank described as unfair.

The statement said Messrs Asenso-Boakye and Jinapor, among others, intervened to seek clarity from the Hospital’s Management and the allegation of thievery was dropped by A-Plus but that of corruption was maintained.

The intervention of the two deputy chiefs of staff was transparent, borne out of the protection of the public interest and consistent with their duties, it said.

From the foregoing, the allegation of corruption was found to be baseless, unsubstantiated and without credibility, it said.

Source: Ghana News Agency