The opposition National Democratic Congress, NDC, wants the Chief Justice, Justice Kwesi Anin-Yeboah, to step aside, following a $5 million bribery allegation made against him.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah at a press conference on Tuesday, 13th July 2021 argued that this will allow for a fair investigation to be conducted into allegations of misconduct leveled against the Chief Justice.
Asiedu Nketiah’s call is borne out of the firm belief that the Judicial Service’s investigation into the alleged misconduct might be compromised, given that the Chief Justice has been vested with the power to sanction judicial officers.
The Chief Justice has denied the allegations and petitioned the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, to investigate the matter.
Mr. Nketiah also called for a public inquiry into the bribery allegation, saying it is the best approach to establishing the truth.
The allegations were contained in a response Mr. Akwasi Afrifa, a Lawyer, gave against a petition filed against him by his client at the disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council.
Ogyeedom IV, who was his client, dragged Mr. Afrifa to the GLC alleging that the lawyer collected $100,000 from him with a promise to help get a favourable judgment on his behalf.
Ogyeedom Atta IV asked the council to order Mr. Afrifa to refund the $100,000, saying the lawyer failed to deliver on his promise.
In a response dated July 8, 2021, Mr. Afrifa denied the claims by Ogyeedom Kwesi Atta IV, further alleging that he was asked to refund $300,000 in legal fees to enable his client to raise a $5 million bribe to be paid to the Chief Justice to get a favourable decision in the legal.