The Member of Parliament for the Builsa South Constituency in the Upper East Region, Dr. Clement Apaak, has petitioned the Special Prosecutor to investigate reports citing the Forestry Commission and the Wildlife Division for issuing illegal permit for the felling of endangered Rosewood species in Ghana.
Addressing the media in Parliament on Wednesday, Dr. Apaak indicated that the author of that investigative piece- the Environmental Investigation Agency of the United States is prepared to forward further and better particulars about the canker to the Special Prosecutor to aid investigations.
“I have petitioned the Office of the Special Prosecutor to investigate the allegations of bribery that has allowed the illegal rosewood business to thrive and prosecute those involved. I have submitted the petition to the Office of the Special Prosecutor today, Wednesday. In the petition, I provided him details by the EIA. I have reached out to the EIA in the US, and they have indicated their readiness to provide the Office of the Special Prosecutor with more details on this so that he can investigate and prosecute anyone including party and government officials behind this illegal trade,” he said.
This comes on the back of the Chinese Rosewood queen, Helena Huang’s mysterious deportation after her arrest in Tamale in June for attempting to transport the banned forestry product packed into two trucks.
Security analyst Adam Bonaa has maintained the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Sofia Akuffo owes Ghanaians an explanation for the repatriation of the Chinese national caught with four containers of endangered rosewood without prosecution.
According to the Police in the Northern Region, Helena Huang who jumped bail when she was arrested first left the country without paying for her crimes after a court order for her to be handed over to the Immigration Service after her re-arrest.