Born on 5th June, 1979, Godfred Yeboah Dame obtained his GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level Certificates from Adisadel College between 1989 and 1996. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) in 2001. He proceeded to the Ghana School of Law from where he obtained his professional law qualification in 2003.
On being called to the Bar in October, 2003, Godfred Yeboah Dame commenced his professional law practice with the firm of Messrs. Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co., an elite law firm in Ghana, specializing in various aspects of civil litigation.
Godfred Yeboah Dame rapidly and firmly established himself as one of Ghana’s leading advocates, conducting with a remarkable degree of success many of the politically important trials and constitutional cases in the Superior Courts of Ghana.
In 2006, in recognition of his contribution towards the defence of media and human rights, rule of law and civil liberties generally in Ghana, Mr. Dame was one of a few lawyers from across Africa and the rest of the world awarded the Open Society Initiative Fellowship, and selected to pursue the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.
Mr Dame’s active law practice saw him take charge of a significant number of high profile and landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Ghana which contributed to the advancement of constitutional law, human rights, criminal law and good governance in the country, including serving as counsel for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in many cases of moment for the party between 2012 and 2016.
In 2016, he was a member of the NPP Manifesto Committee on Governance which drafted the Party’s proposed policies for the Legal and Governance Sector. In 2013, together with three of the Party’s former Attorneys-General, Hon. Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Hon. Ayikoi Otoo and Hon. Joe Ghartey, he was appointed to review the 2013 Election Petition Verdict and come up with proposals to avoid a defeat of the Party in the 2016 elections which would result in another election petition, after having already served as one of the counsel for the Petitioners in the Election Petition.
From 2011 to 2016, Godfred Dame was part of the teaching faculty for Company Law and Practice at the Ghana School of Law. In January, 2017, he was appointed as a teacher in Advocacy and Legal Ethics at the Ghana School of Law, a commitment he was unable to fulfill as a result of his appointment as Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice in President Akufo-Addo’s first term as President.
He also served on very sensitive committees of the Ghana Bar Association contributing to the formulation of policy in the training of lawyers, notable among them being the Pupilage and Juniors Committee, which is concerned with the upholding of standards among junior practitioners of the law. In 2014, he was appointed member of the Ghana Bar Association’s legal team.
Mr. Dame, between 2009 and 2017, served as the Vice-Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association. Earlier, from 2008 to 2009, he had been Chairman of the Greater-Accra Regional Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee. From 2011 to 2017, he was also a member of the Ghana Football Association Elections Committee.
In 2017, Godfred Dame was appointed Deputy Attorney-General and Deputy Minister for Justice of Ghana, a position he holds to date. In that position, he distinguished himself in his active defence of the Government in various high-profile law suits against the Government and international arbitration involving the Government of Ghana.
He transformed the image of the Attorney-General’s Office into a formidable force in litigation. He is particularly noted for leading the efforts of the Government to recover the money paid businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, ensuring the termination of three mining leases given in favour of Exton Cubic Company Limited, the challenge to the constitutionality of the appointment of Mr. Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, the challenge to the creation of new regions in Ghana, the challenge to the compilation of a new register of voters by the National Democratic Congress and many other cases.
He served on the Legal Service Board, the Ministerial Advisory Board of the Ministry of Justice, the Board of the University of Ghana Medical Centre and the Board of the Public Procurement Authority.
He is a Christian and married to Dr. Joycelyn Assimeng Dame. They have two children.
5 Lessons Every Ghanaian Should Learn Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng’s Vetting
On April 16, 2021, the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated Kissi Agyebeng to the President, for appointment to the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
This is pursuant to Section 13 (3) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959).
The position became vacant when President Akufo-Addo accepted Martin Amidu’s resignation on November 16, last year.
Mr Kissi Agyebeng is a Private Legal Practitioner and Law Lecturer. His nomination was greeted with mixed reactions from Civil Society Organizations, political analysts, politicians and the general public.
However, the Presidency wrote to say, “the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has accepted the nomination of Mr Agyebeng as the Special Prosecutor.”
A statement issued by the Presidency on Thursday, May 6, 2021, said, “a letter has been sent to the Speaker of Parliament to that effect, to seek Parliamentary Approval in accordance with the law.
In accordance with Section 13 (8) of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), a replacement is required within six months of the position becoming vacant.
It’s been over six months, but it’s better late than never, the cliché goes. So, Thursday, July 22, Mr Agyebeng, 43, appeared before Parliament’s Appointments Committee to be vetted for the vacant position.
The Special Prosecutor’s duties include preventing, investigating, and prosecuting corruption issues under the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) and Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), and recovering and managing assets proceeds of corruption.
As in every human endeavour, lessons are learnt. And the vetting of the prospective Special Prosecutor threw up a few when he answered very probing questions from the Committee chaired by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu.
Let’s take a cue.
Always be yourself
It is good to learn from others, especially those who may have more experience than you do. But remember to always wear your own shoes.
“Honourable Chair, I will prefer to wear my own shoes. In the sense that I am my own man, and I am coming with my own experiences and professional training. In this quest, my conscience and my learning of the law are going to be my guide.”
I have a strategy
If you do not know where you are going, any road can take you there. But if you have a strategy, you will get there with the most efficient and effective means. Fighting corruption is not different.
“Honourable Chair, I’m not naive to assume that I am coming to stop corruption, there’s no way I can stop corruption. God himself will not even acclaim to that. But I am going to make corruption very costly, very very costly to engage in, in terms of conflict of interest.
I would institute what I call ‘Pressure for Progress’, and in this quest, there is going to be a systemic review of all public agencies and the development of integrity plans.
Don’t let relationships influence your professional judgement
No man is an island, we need family relations and friends to get by. But when it comes to public office, the two are not bedfellows.
“I was not involved in Agyapa transactions in any form or manner or any stretch of the imagination, however, fertile.
As for relationships, as I just disclosed, the fact that I was so close to you at some point in our lives will not give you a free pass because of that relationship and that is why I am here.
And if there is a matter, I am not going to say because I know one person or the other I am not going to investigate the matter. I certainly will investigate.”
If you agree with a controversial principle, endorse it
The ‘Anas principle’ of recording individuals alleged to be engaged in corrupt practices, in secret, has been praised and condemned by various persons for varied reasons. But if it will help you achieve your objective, use it.
“I fully subscribe to Anas principle and I am going to use it. I have already stated that I will be engaging investigative journalists in respect to my work if given the nod.
I say so because, I have intimated that corruption is so secretive and complex and unless the participants are coming to you to report themselves, it is almost impossible to find out.
Now, if someone can go underground, and through a sting operation. come out with some evidence, which has probative value, I am all for it and I am going to use it.”
Don’t cut your nose to spite your face
Corruption, especially in the public sector, is one of the main channels through which state funds end up in private pockets. Fighting it requires different approaches, the Office of the Special Prosecutor can only do so much. But if you abolish it, you do so at your own risk.
“The office is to investigate, prevent, prosecute for corruption and manage seized frozen or confiscated property. But in terms of the relevance of this Office, the day we scrap this office is the day we say goodbye to our fight against corruption.
Its relevance is borne out by its attributes and its uniqueness, it is unique as compared to all the other law enforcement agencies in respect of its mandate. Because, no other institution has been carefully thought out and designed to fight corruption specifically, as Act 959 has done.
The Office meets the standards of the United Nations Convention against Corruption – the legally binding international anti-corruption multilateral treaty – and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.”
There you have it. Six lessons from the vetting of Mr Kissi Agyebeng.
He seems to have impressed the Committee. So, by consensus, the NPP and NDC members have recommended him for approval. “He met all the requirements that we were looking for in a nominee for the Office of the Special Prosecutor. So the Committee unanimously agreed to recommend him to the House for approval,” Chairman Osei Owusu told Adom News barely an hour after the vetting.
The report of the Committee is expected to be laid before the House either on Friday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 27.
Has Akufo Addo Awarded Ken Agyapong For Attacking Journalist With Ghana Gas Chairmanship Position? – Full Details
Controversial politico, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong who doubles as the Chairman of the KenCity Media and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Constituency on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has always been in the news for all the controversial reasons.
The vociferous Legislator has been appointed the Chairman of Parliament’s Committee on Defence and Interior which is responsible for meeting and debating on issues that affect the security of the state.
With the Chairman of Parliament’s Committee on Defence and Interior position, the firebrand MP was expected to be dealing with all the security agencies and will champion their cause in the law-making chamber.
Despite the numerous criticisms that come along with his appointments, His Excellency President Akufo-Addo has appointed the Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, as the new Board Chairman of the Ghana Gas Company Limited.
Other members of the nine-member board are Mr. Ben KD Asante, the Managing Director of the company; Mr. John Darko, Mrs. Adelaide Mary Benneh; Awulae Amihere Kpanyinli; Mr. Abraham Ossei Aidooh; Madam Delphine Dogbegah; Nana Owusu Ansah Ababio, and Mr. Stephen Sumani Nayina.
The sad part of the new appointment is that the said legislature, Kennedy Agyapong has been in the news in recent times following his attacks on journalists and the president’s first statements on the issue seem to be awarding him with a new appointment.
Kennedy Agyapong caught on camera confessing that the president of Ghana @NAkufoAddo is in full support of his threat against journalist like @anasglobal and slain journalist Ahmed Suale. This confirms his recent attacks on @JoyNewsOnTV reporter Erastus Asare Donkor. @BBCAfrica pic.twitter.com/JwV8fvdQIv— Kevin Taylor (@KevinEkowTaylor) July 21, 2021
President Akufo Addo has not condemned the words of his ‘boy’ Kennedy Agyapong but has the balls to award him with a new appointment on the same day that a video of him surfaced afforming the fact that President Akufo Addo supports his attacks.
Is Kennedy Agyapong awarded with this position for his attacks on journalists?
– GhanaCNN Senior Editor (Obibiniba Asante)
I Did Not Kill Atta Mills – John Mahama Cries Like ‘A Baby’ (Throwback)
Former President John Dramani Mahama is going after Kwame Baffoe, aka Abronye DC, after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) man had allegedly said on a pro-NPP television programme that he (Mahama) killed the then sitting President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.
He has caused his lawyers to write to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to invite Abronye, who is the Bono Regional Chairman of the NPP, for questioning on some allegation he made. The ex-President did not include the allegation concerning the death of Prof. Mills as an issue the police should investigate, yet he complained about it.
Rather, he wants the police to question Abronye on why he alleged that he (Mahama) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are plotting to kill some NPP personalities, including Abronye.
He said in the letter of May 4 to the CID Director General that the allegation regarding the death of Prof. Mills was ‘irreverent’ and described Abronye, whom he had accused of peddling it, as ‘unhinged mind’.
“Regarding the rather irreverent and despicable allegation that he (Mahama) killed the late President John Evans Atta Mills, he (Mahama) would not dignify it with any answer, except to say that the allegation could only come from an unhinged mind,” the letter signed by his lawyer, Tony Lithur of Lithur Brew and Company, said.
The circumstances surrounding the death of the late ex-President Prof. Mills became a taboo topic when the Mahama-led NDC was in power.
According to the letter, the former President is lodging a criminal complaint against Abronye for “Publication of false news – Section 208 of Act 29.
“I have been instructed on behalf of His Excellency, John Dramani Mahama, the former President of Ghana and the current flag bearer of the NDC, to formally lodge on his behalf, criminal complaints against a certain Kwame Baffoe alias ‘Abronye DC’, a Ghanaian citizen and a prominent member of the NPP. I understand he is the Chairman for the Bono Region branch of the NPP.”
The letter said, “My instructions are that in a recording of a TV programme on Net2 TV at Madina, Accra, which has been circulating on various social media platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp, Abronye DC made certain false claims, alleging a plot masterminded by the NDC and John Dramani Mahama to assassinate some NPP personalities, including he, Abronye, himself.”
The letter further said that “on the programme, Abronye DC announced to the general public that some NPP personalities would be assassinated by the NDC hirelings, who would be wearing NPP T-shirts, and that these hirelings would be doing the bidding of former President John Mahama.”
Mr. Mahama’s lawyer further said that “on the same programme, Abronye DC stated that President John Mahama “killed President John Evans Atta Mills”,” and enclosed as part of the compliant, a copy of the video recording of the said programme.
“John Dramani Mahama has firmly instructed me to say that the allegations are, of course, false, and for the avoidance of doubt, would like to state that neither the NDC nor he has planned to hire, hired or cause to be hired or instructed any person or persons to murder or assassinate anybody.”
In the letter, Mr. Mahama complained that “this is not the first time the same person, Abronye DC, has used similar platforms to denigrate and make scurrilous, outrageous and scandalous allegations against the NDC and former President Mahama and many other personalities within the NDC, which is the largest opposition party in Ghana,” adding “to date nobody has called the said Abronye DC to order.”
“Abronye DC is a prominent member of the ruling NPP and while his false, outrageous and inflammatory accusations are clearly politically motivated, they are also likely to expose my client and members of the NDC to attacks from Abronye DCs political party’s sympathizers,” Mr. Mahama’s lawyer said in the letter.
He said, “By reason, also of his profile, he has by his false allegations pitted the two largest political parties in the country against each other in the context of spurious allegations of violent crime. This has real potential of disturbing the public peace.”
“My final instructions are, therefore, to kindly request you to use your good office to cause investigations to be conducted into Abronye DC’s false allegations and their publication,” the lawyer requested, drawing the attention of the CID to Section 208 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29).
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