The Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare has interdicted three officers for their involvement in a viral leaked tape which seeks to oust him from office.
The officers are Director General Technical of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Alex George Mensah, Supt. George Lysander Asare and Emmanuel Gyebi.
The officers are being investigated by Parliament for their roles in a tape in which former NPP Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu disclosed he recorded secretly.
A press release signed by the Director of Public Affairs, ASP Grace Ansah-Akrofi, said “The interdiction is to make way for disciplinary proceedings into their conduct in line with Police Service regulations.”
Earlier, there was a police wireless message signed by the Police Director General of Administration, Christian Tetteh Yohonu, explaining that the interdiction of COP George Alex Mensah, which takes immediate effect, is for the officer’s involved in the leaked tape saga.
It directed COP Alex Mensah to “hand over your weapons, uniform and other police accoutrements and/or properties including your authority badge to Depol/Logistics.”
The embattled officer who said Dr Akuffo Dampare is the worst ever the country has ever had in his 31 years of service was also directed to “hand over the command vehicle.”
On July 25, the Speaker of Parliament named Abuakwa South MP, Samuel Atta-Akyea as the chairperson of a seven-member ad-hoc committee to probe leaked controversial audio in which voices are heard clandestinely plotting to oust the IGP.
The viral audio, which revealed a supposed conspiracy by a senior police officer and a leading member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to remove Dr Affo Dampare from office, resulted in a debate on the floor of Parliament, with the Minority calling for a forensic audit.
COP Alex Mensah’s voice was heard on a secret recording telling Bugri Naabu about how IGP Dampare’s actions might lead to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) losing the 2024 election.
Subsequently, the Speaker proposed the setting up of the Special Committee and directed the committee to submit its report by September 10, 2023.
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