Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin who was recently in the news for saying he was asleep when parliament was reduced to a boxing ring has had his name pop up in claims that he caused financial loss to the state and is reported to be under investigation by the Attorney General.
He and some other top officials of the National Democratic Congress during their administration are said to be under investigation for causing financial loss to the state in relation to the purchase of ambulances when he served as the Minister of Health.
A statement issued on Wednesday and signed by the Deputy Attorney-General, Diana Asonaba Dapaah, noted that all persons in Ghana are equal before the law and Alban Bagbin being the Speaker of Parliament does not exempt him from being exposed to the rigors of the law.
It said: “Same (investigations) had been ongoing since 2017 with a number of statements taken from various persons at different points in time, including the Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin, former Minister for Health (now Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana), Mr. Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, Madam Sherry Ayittey, and Dr. Alex Segbefia, all former Ministers for Health as well as the first accused,” part of the statement read.
“Investigations into the ambulance purchase contract are being finalised by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service for the commencement of criminal proceedings against persons deemed fit for prosecution.
“Further statements were taken from various persons. At that stage, no issue relating to the 2022 Budget and Economic Policy of the Government had come up,” the statement added.
“All persons in Ghana are equal before the law. The status of a Member of Parliament is no bar to prosecution for a crime committed,” the statement noted.