BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
ACE INVESTIGATIVE journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has said an attempt by outspoken Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin-North Constituency, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, to denigrate his reputation would hit the rock.
The renowned journalist described the maverick politician as a talker with no substance in his allegations against him and stressed that he was unfazed by the threats and intimidation by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP.
He told Francis Abban, host of ‘Morning Starr’ on Starr FM yesterday that he was focused on his job and would not waiver in his attempts to expose corruption and rot in the country, saying, “the threats and intimidation are there but we cannot be moved. We are doing our work.”
While challenging those with incriminating evidence against him to go to court, Anas, who recently exposed corruption in the Ghana Football Association, leading to it (GFA) being dissolved, also dismissed claims he had taken bribes from people to kill stories.
“I know myself and I believe in myself. I know I’ve never taken bribe from anywhere. You can premiere 30 times nothing will come out of it,” Anas stated in an apparent response to Ken Agyapong’s ‘Who Watches the Watchman’ documentary.
‘I’ve never taken bribe’
The award-winning undercover journalist said he had never taken bribe in his journalism career to drop a story and challenged his accusers to prove it.
“I’ve never in my life taken a bribe before. Nowhere! Whoever has a proof should bring it. It will crash,” he stated.
“These are tactics to shift focus. People are just blowing hot air,” the former GJA Journalist of the Year pointed out.
Talking about Presidency
The revered journalist said his focus in the exposé was to unearth misconduct and greed in sports in Ghana and other African countries, but not on allegations of corruption at the seat of government.
“We are talking about the President of the nation, the Vice, ministers of state…What do you think would have happened if I went ahead to show the film? I have no regrets going to the President,” he explained.
“Let’s put the investigation in context. How did President Nana Addo’s name come in? I think that is important. You speak to somebody and he begins to drop names. He says if you want to see the man [President] you must carry $12 million. Where was I going to get $12 million?” he added.
Mr Agyapong has accused Anas of paying lawyer Egbert Faibille to drop a criminal case. Lawyer Faibille Jnr has clarified he did not receive cash in 2009 on behalf of the undercover journalist to kill a case.
“A few weeks ago, Hon. Ken Agyapong gave an audio recording of Anas interviewing an arrested fraudster sometime in 2009 to one of the radio stations in the Multimedia stable; in respect of a multi-million gold scam during which interrogation Anas was heard mentioning my name in words to the effect that, as he was speaking, the scammed company had engaged me as a lawyer and that I was at the bank tracking the 419 money that they obtained as 419ers.
“I took the pain to issue a statement here on Facebook on the issue. Last Friday, Hon Ken Agyapong called me on phone and asked that I meet him to watch the video he was going to show today. I declined on the basis that the video he was going to show is only a pictorial rendition of the part of the video where Anas mentioned my name to show to the scammers that the duped company was tracking who received the money.
“Indeed, my work as a lawyer led to the prosecution of Hafiz, the lead scammer, and his accomplices at an Accra High Court. I did not receive any payment from the scammers for and on behalf of Anas to kill the case as Hon. Agyapong is dubiously trying to portray and I challenge him and the scammers to provide any proof of any lodgment into my account from them for Anas,” the National Petroleum Commission boss stated.