MyNewsGH.com has received information about how former Finance Minister under the NDC Atta Mills Government and owner of Unibank, Dr Kwabena Duffuor SNR had to allegedly rely on the spook services of Anas Armeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye, when all attempts to get his son, Kwabena Duffuor JNR to take over the management of Unibank from the then Managing Director Felix Nyarko-Pong failed.
Dr Duffuor Snr allegedly contracted and paid the Tiger Eye PI team to frame Mr Felix Nyarko-Pong by flying him to Dubai at their cost to discuss some banking business and investment deals with him as MD of Unibank, getting him to implicate himself, which information was used to force him to voluntarily step down as Unibank MD.
Anas Armeyaw Anas’ relationship with the former Minister of Finance Dr Kwabena Duffuor, MyNewsGH.com dates back to the Mills Era when the government, with Dr Duffuor Snr then as Finance Minister sponsored Anas for some work at the Ports.
This information came to light following an engagement embattled Hot FM host Justice Annan had with some Felix Nyarko-Pong which he narrated in an audio.
The Hot FM journalist has himself been caught by Anas receiving bribe from the Tiger Eye PI team. It is worth noting that these are allegations against the Anas team.
On Unibank, Mr Felix Nyarko-Pong had been in charge of Unibank as Managing Director from 2011 until May 2017 when he was framed and forced to leave amicably.
Around the same time, MyNewsGH.com learnt from Hot FM’s Justice Annan’s recording that Duffuor Jnr had risen to become the Chief Operating Officer of Unibank and his father wanted him to take over.
According to the Justice, who claims he has paper documents as proof, the secret recordings given to Dr Kwabena Duffuor Snr by Anas Armeyaw Anas based on Tiger Eye PI’s work became the basis on which Felix Nyarko-Pong was forced to leave his post.
Duffuor Jnr was then appointed the acting Chief Executive of UniBank pending Bank of Ghana’s approval which came later.
The same Bank of Ghana was to later take over Unibank in March 2018, sending home all the top executives of the bank including the younger Duffuor.
The official reason Unibank gave for Duffuor Jnr’s takeover as M.D. then was that “Felix Nyarko Pong decided not to extend his contract which ended last week.” An official release claimed.
MyNewsGH.com has no reason to doubt this version.
But Kweku Baako had earlier given a hint about the nature of the work of Tiger Eye PI, hinting that their services were available for hire.
He had said in response to Kennedy Agyapong’s numerous allegations said that Anas’ “Tiger Eye PI is a body corporate registered to do business and there is nothing wrong with that”.
What wasn’t clear, then, was whether Anas was available for hire.
This comes on the back of questions surrounding the work of Anas Armeyaw Anas in his ‘investigative exposé’ of Kwesi Nyantakyi in Number 12.
Kennedy Agyapong; rich loudmouthed NPP MP for Assin Central has become the leading voice on behalf of many silent Anas victims accusing the ACE investigative journalist Anas Armeyaw Anas of ‘corruption, entrapment and blackmail.’
In fact, Kennedy Agyapong has asked writers and media commentators to stop adding ‘ace’ to the name of Anas Armeyaw Anas but rather ‘thief’, sighting instances when people have told him (kennedy) sadly, about one bad thing Anas has done to them or the other but which they were powerless to protest against at the time.
Also- and notably- Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa, Sulemana Braimah has questioned the work of Anas and his style.
He wrote an op-ed:
“So would such a similar piece of documentary were to be produced and aired by a BNI or police officer, will it qualify to be called a piece of journalistic investigative work? You may say no, and your reason could be that “because the BNI or police officer who produced it is not a journalist.” He wrote.
“Well, what makes a piece of work journalistic is not necessarily whether or not the producer is a journalist. Instead, it is whether or not the work was produced using journalistically acceptable methods and procedures.
In the interest of the journalism profession, we don’t have to be blinded by just results or impact without interrogating the processes used in producing a story. Once the Number 12 documentary was intended to be presented and was actually presented as a piece of journalistic work, the processes for procuring the content must have been those that are acceptable in journalism.” He said.