More Troubles for IGP
…As NDC Hints At Demo For His Removal
The troubles of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, appear to be far from over, even before the ongoing probe into the leaked audio tape of some senior officers of the police service plotting for his removal will fade off.
This is because the minority in parliament has served notice that they will push for the expulsion of the IGP, after their scheduled demonstration against the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison and his deputies.
Leading member of the BoG demonstration and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, who issued the notice, said the IGP has constitutional obligations to live up to expectations, hence they will demand his removal.
He said, “The IGP is not there on his own. He should take off his uniform and check to see if he is the IGP. He has constitutional obligations to live up to expectations when citizens must demonstrate, no matter how difficult the task. Even if it is difficult, the IGP must assure the demonstrators’ safety, security and protection.”
“We cannot offer you the resources, budget, recruit for you, or equip you with logistics such as vehicles, and you claim you are unable to accomplish your job. After the governor of the Bank of Ghana, we will demand the expulsion of the IGP,”Mr.Ayariga was quoted by rainbowradioonline.com to have said.
It is however unclear, whether the statement by the Bawku Central MP is a decision of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the police chief, in the coming days.
Chastising IGP Awful
Meanwhile, former Deputy Defence Minister, Major (Rtd) Derrick Oduro, has stated the ongoing probe into the leaked IGP audio should have been done in-camera.
According to him, security issues highlighted would be protected if the probe was done away from the public and the media.
Major Retired Derrick Oduro asserted that it was not the best that a sitting IGP was being chastised publicly.
Speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News on Friday, September 1, 2023, the deputy former defence minister said, “I thought it was going to be an administrative inquiry so that some of these things don’t come out. This should have been done in-camera because some security issues would have come up and be protected if it was in-camera. It is not the best that a sitting IGP is being chastised this publicly, it is not the best.”
“What is being said at the Committee can go a long way to harm public security and so this is a probe that should have been done without even allowing in the media. All the sensitive information and issues that emanated from the sitting should not have come out and this should not be repeated,” he stated.
Major (Rtd) Derrick Oduro said some of the comments made by the outgoing director of operations of the Ghana Police Service, COP Geroge Alex Mensah, undermine the mandate given to IGP Dampare.
In his view, it should be worrying if the works of Dampare are not appreciated by the police service.
“The president during the swearing-in of the IGP admonished him not to be a party IGP and that is exactly what this IGP is doing. So, if it comes out that his works are not being appreciated by his own people, that is something that we should be worried about,” he maintained.
A leaked audio recording, involving a police commissioner and a politician discussing a plot to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare has ignited public outrage.
In the said video, a police commissioner, who described himself as Mensa, was heard with Bugri Naabu, plotting the removal of the IGP, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, over fears he will be too firm in the 2024 elections.
The police commissioner, who is said to be retiring, is heard telling the politician that the IGP is too firm and will not allow machinations in next year’s polls, if he is not removed.
He further noted that the nature of security the IGP provided during the Assin North by-election shows he will not allow any rigging in the polls.
“This IGP won’t help us. He won’t, he wants everything to be done fairly and we don’t win elections that way. If we don’t remove him, we can’t break the 8, in politics we need machinations and this IGP won’t allow that,” the police commissioner is heard saying.
The Parliament of Ghana has set up a seven-member committee to conduct a probe into the leaked tape after calls by the NDC Members of Parliament.
Proponents of the government have however stated that the allegations in the said tape should not be taken seriously, because the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has no plans to change the IGP, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare.