According to the GII, the said institutions have resorted to this action for fear that ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, or any team member of his investigative group Tiger PI, could slip through to conduct investigations and uncover wrongdoing in those offices.
The undercover Journalist and his group in a two year investigative piece has established corruption in Ghana’s judiciary, where some 34 judges are currently being probed for allegedly taking bribes to compromise cases before them. In some instances the said judges left offenders including rapist and armed robbers to go free.
The investigative piece has caused a stir in the country and has left certain state institutions where all sorts of illegal activities very jittery, with some adopting several strategies to avoid their cover being blown.
Speaking at the lauch of the ‘IPaidABribe’, a corruption reporting platform in Accra, Vitus A. Azeem, Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative, condemned the search exercise by these institution as it is becoming harassment and discomforting for most of the visitors who go to the said offices.
“The attention of the GII consortium has been drawn to the fact that some state institutions have allegedly started searching visitors to their offices before allowing them in for fear of some Anas’visiting these offices, we wish to state that we’re not aware of any such law in this country that provides for such searches and so that practice must stop immediate.”