The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has described the bribery scandal that has rocked Ghana’s judiciary, following the exposé of ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, as “a sad and worrying time” for all advocates of the rule of law in Ghana.
The shock and sadness many Ghanaians feel at the revelations, according to the NPP flagbearer, stems from the fact that most Ghanaians have “an unshakeable belief that the law is the guarantor and protector of our rights as citizens,” further stating that “corruption at any level of the judicial process undermines the confidence of the people.”
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he addressed the maiden edition of Legal Luminaries Platform of the Law Students’ Union of the Faculty of Law of the University of Cape Coast on Friday, on the topic “40 Years Of Working With The Law; Can The Law Save The People?”
The damning revelations from the investigations carried out by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, according to Akufo-Addo, “has demonstrated in the most dramatic and graphic manner what many have suspected for a long time, that some of our judicial officials can be persuaded to compromise the delivery of justice in the courts.”
Thirty-four judges have been allegedly caught in the web of corruption to compromise cases before them after a two-year painstaking investigations by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Twenty-two of them, mainly lower court judges, have been suspended as 12 high court justices battle the Judicial Council over the procedure adopted to impeach them.
Although the incriminatory video has brought the judicial arm of government under public ridicule, the chief justice said Ghanaians should not lose confidence in the legal system.