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September 29, 2023

My arrest is a little bit strange to me – Frimpong-Boateng

Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng
Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng

The former Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), Prof. Frimpong Boateng, has described his recent arrest as strange.

The former Minister for Science and Technology was invited by the Office of the Special Prosecutor over his galamsey report but the invitation subsequently ‘turned’ into an arrest.

Narrating what happened at the OSP, he explained that he was subsequently granted a bail to the tune of GH¢2 million after his purported arrest which was paid by a friend.

The former Chairman of IMCIM was invited to answer questions on corruption and corruption-related activities following leakage of his galamsey report.

He was also arrested for alleged involvement in the missing of some 500 excavators and the involvement Symphony Limited, the company owned by his son, in illegal mining.

Speaking in an interview with Alfred Ocansey on Wednesday, June 7 he disclosed that he found the arrest “strange”.

In a blow by blow account, he said that they arrived around 10:00 at the Office of the Special Prosecutor and it was his first time in that building.

He was made to wait at the lobby and when his lawyer came, “we were taken upstairs to the 7th Floor or so, where the office is and then we were ushered into a room. I was given a chair and opposite me was the Chief Investigator.

The renowned surgeon continued that when they sat down, “the Chief Investigator came to me. I was sitting down [then] he put his left hand on my right shoulder and said, ‘Professor, you are under arrest’.

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