Investigation into Alleged Plot to Remove Ghanaian Police Chief Intensifies
In a recent development surrounding the alleged plot to oust the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Ghana, the special parliamentary committee spearheading the investigation has received a second, unedited recording of a conversation. This conversation involved the former New Patriotic Party Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu; Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah, and Superintendent George Asare. The first tape, which spanned 45 minutes, was suspected of being doctored, leading to the procurement of the second tape from Mr Naabu. The committee Chairman, Samuel Atta Akyea, made this known during a press briefing.
As part of the ongoing investigation, the committee had a session with the National Security Minister, Albert Kan-Dapaah, and his legal representative. However, the IGP, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, could not attend due to a national assignment. COP Mensah and Supt Asare had previously disputed the validity of the first tape, urging the committee to procure the original recording. Hence, the second tape was provided to the witnesses in advance, with a transcription made available upon request.
National Investigation Bureau’s Involvement
The committee summoned Mr Kan-Dapaah after Supt Asare admitted to appearing before the National Investigation Bureau (NIB) concerning the leaked tape. The National Security Minister confirmed the NIB’s involvement but declined to share their interim report with the committee due to national security concerns. The committee is set to reconvene from October 2-5, 2023, providing the IGP’s lead counsel enough time to review the materials provided.
One crucial aspect of the investigation is that the committee confirmed it had not received any footage of Mr Naabu allegedly boasting about receiving monthly payments from the IGP. Despite this, the chairman assured that all relevant evidence would be scrutinized thoroughly. This assurance implies a commitment to a comprehensive investigation to ascertain the truth behind the allegations.
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