A-Plus saga: CHRAJ clears Jinapor, Asenso-Boakye

Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has cleared the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, of any corruption charges.

A report by the commission confirmed the innocence of the two after it conducted investigations into allegations of corruption leveled against them by musician and staunch New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporter, Mr Kwame Asare Obeng popularly known as A-Plus.

CHRAJ said it was “satisfied that the evidence does not support the allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Messrs A. Jinapor and Asenso-Boakye… the allegations could not be substantiated whatsoever.”

“Relations between A-Plus and the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff appeared ‘frosty’ and may have accounted for the allegations Mr Obeng leveled against the two.

“A possible strained relationship between Mr Kwame Asare Obeng and Mr Asenso-Boakye might have been extended to Mr Jinapor as well. That could possible be the ulterior motive for the allegations Mr Asare Obeng leveled against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff,” CHRAJ added.

The basis of his allegation was that Mr Asenso-Boakye and Mr Jinapor had interfered in a revenue-collection contract between Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and uniBank, which, in the opinion of A Plus, amounted to corruption.

The musician held the view that the two forced the Korle-Bu CEO to give a revenue-collection contract to uniBank after the same contract had been given to a wholly-foreign-owned bank.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service had earlier described as “baseless”, the accusations made by the musician.

However, a group calling itself the Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana petitioned CHRAJ to conduct further investigations into the matter and has exonerated the two young politicians.