IMANI Africa’s Franklin Cudjoe thinks the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has cleared all doubts about his integrity following his appearance before the parliamentary ad-hoc committee probing the leaked tape allegedly plotting his ousting.
The IGP had been accused by the three police officers implicated in the leaked tape plotting his alleged removal that, he is in bed with the former Northern region Chair of the New Patriotic Party, Daniel Bugri Naabu, striking several deals with him.
“If there was any shred of doubt about the integrity of the IGP today, it was all put to rest. I mean, I don’t know who probably in his sound mind will still be questioning the IGP’s integrity as far as the allegations go.”
“As far as the conversation about Mr Naabu’s involvement, I mean, he treated it as such. The police have been dealing with a gazillion number of people and interests, they do not have a commercial arrangement with the gentleman,” he stated on Accra-based JoyNews Wednesday, September 12, 2023.
According to Franklin Cudjoe, the IGP’s acceptance of knowing Bugri Naabu or not cannot foil his hard earned reputation and integrity.
The President of IMANI Centre for Policy and Education said Dr. Dampare “didn’t say he doesn’t know him, he didn’t say that. He says he has no commercial arrangement of interest to discuss with Mr. Naabu.”
His comment follows the IGP’s defense at the committee on some allegations made against him by the police officers named in the tape in question.
One of the voices on the tape, COP Alex Mensah, told the committee that the IGP is holding up promotions in the service, being in constant communications with former President Mahama and calling Dr. Dampare the worst IGP ever.
For his part, Supt. George Asare whose voice is also on the tape supported some statements made by COP Mensah about the IGP and how he is running the Police Service. He, however, said he would make more revelations in-camera adding that the audio has been doctored.
The IGP denied all allegations levelled against him when he appeared before the committee, including masterminding the recording of the tape.
Dr. Dampare described the allegations against him as wild and unsubstantiated, saying they have caused harm to him, his family and the police service.
“I feel in my spirit that this is just not fair. Honourable chair, it is just not fair. Are we killing patriotism? That anybody can just get up, make allegations upon allegations, and people who go across the country – at times 48 hours without sleep, just to keep the country at peace – will be called to come and answer allegations that are unfounded?” Dampare told the committee.