The exposed video by Journalist Anas Aremwyaw Anas of Judicial practitioners collecting bribes for different purposes has seen to the dismissal of 19 judicial service staff. The aka Anas exposé unraveled widespread corruption in the judiciary.
The Judicial Council on Thursday, sacked 19 more workers of the Judicial Service including court registrars and interpreters, and a watchman too.
Anas Aremwyaw Anas, Investigative Journalist and leader of a private investigation agency ‘Tiger Eye Pi’ embarked on an intense undercover investigation to fish out the bad eggs adulterating the judicial system. Using undercover representatives from the agency; so many shocking discoveries were made.
According to a statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Alex Opoku Acheampong, the affected staff have taken bribes of various sums to help influence the outcomes of cases in the court.
The affected staff were caught consciously and willingly acting as intermediaries between representatives of ‘Tiger Eye Pi’and the Judges, and also for illegally demanding and receiving various sums of monies for the judges and themselves.
Investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, captured some 34 judges and scores of judicial service workers on video allegedly taking bribes to influence judgments.
The Chief Justice, Georgina Wood subsequently formed various committees to investigate the matter to enable her make a determination. So far, about 23 of the judges have been dismissed following the Anas Exposé.
The following are workers who were dismissed based on revelations made by the Anas Exposé:
- Mr. Eric Ayensu, Messenger, Circuit Court, Cape Coast
- Mr. Daniel Oppong, Circuit Court Registrar, Offinso
- Mr. Alexander Atta, Assistant Court Registrar, Circuit Court, Cape Coast
- Mr. John Adonu, Interpreter GD I, Circuit Court, Tema
- Mr. Mensah Benneh, Assistant Registrar, District Court, Ejisu
- Mr. Frank Joe Duah, District Court Registrar, Circuit Court, Bibiani
- Mr. Daniel Tordzro, Circuit Court Registrar, Circuit Court, Tema.
- Mr. Frank Joe Dua, Senior Interpreter, Circuit Court, Aflao
- Mr. Kwaku Sarpong, Day Watchman, Circuit Court, Juabeng
- Mr. Frank Amedume, Senior Interpreter, Circuit Court, Aflao
The following staff were removed from office for holding ex-parte discussions with representatives of Tiger Eye Pi and facilitating meetings between the said representatives and the judges:
- Ms. Juliana Adjei, Messenger, Circuit Court, Offinso
- Ms. Esther Boatemaa, Principal Court Recorder, Law Court Complex, Accra
- Mr. Ezekiel Ayebo, Circuit Court Registrar, District Court, Teshie-Nungua
- Ms. Cynthia Quaye, District Court Registrar, District Court, Kasoa
- Mr. Thomas Odei Boafo, Principal Interpreter, District Court, Ashaiman
- Mr. Matthew Atuguba, Senior Usher, High Court, Accra
- Mr. Gordon Amankona, High Court Registrar, District Court, Kasoa
- Mr. Isaac Gyabaah, Senior High Court Registrar, Circuit Court, Juabeng
- Mr. Abdullah Yahaya Yeddor, High Court Registrar, Circuit Court, Offinso-Ashanti Region
However, three staff whom the allegations could not be proved against, have been exonerated and restored to their previous positions. They are; Michael Turkson, a District Court Registrar, District Court, Somanya; Ms. Irene Minta-Jacobs, District Court Registrar, Archives Unit, Accra; and Mr. Evans Abban, Assistant Registrar, Circuit Court, Nsawam.