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Biography of Martin Amidu

Martin Alamisi Burnes Kaiser Amidu is a Ghanaian politician and lawyer who served as Attorney general of Ghana from 2011 to 2012, and then as the first special prosecutor of the country from 2018 until his resignation in 2020, citing political interference by the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo.

He is also known for introducing the word "gargantuan", into the body politic Ghana, when he opened investigations into the Wayome scandal which was one of the highest profiled corruption cases at the time.

On 11 January 2018, Martin A.B.K Amidu was named by the president of Ghana, as the special prosecutor for the newly created office of the special prosecutor.

Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo touted his anti corruption fights as Attorney general and a private citizen as reasons for choosing Mr Amidu, his one time political adversary.

In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills. They both however lost to president Kuffour that year. He served as the deputy Attorney general for about the last two years as the special prosecutor.

After civilian rule was established in the fourth republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry John Rawlings as deputy Attorney general. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2007.

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