Ghana’s IGP Dampare Opts Out of Disciplinary Proceedings Amidst Plot Controversy

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Inspector-General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare has chosen not to take part in the upcoming disciplinary proceedings involving three officers accused of being involved in a plot to remove him from office.

The officers in question include COP George Alex Mensah, Supt George Asare, and Supt Emmanuel Gyebi.

It has been reported that the IGP will abstain from any meetings related to these proceedings at the Police Management Board (POMAB) or the Police Council. It’s worth noting that Dampare serves as the head of POMAB and is also a member of the Police Council, which is presided over by Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.

The Ghana Police Service recently faced a turbulent week as additional evidence, including videos and audio recordings, emerged regarding the alleged plot against the IGP.

Initially, the service announced the suspension of the three officers implicated in the initial leaked tape, despite an ongoing parliamentary inquiry. This decision drew significant criticism, given the active parliamentary probe.

However, 24 hours later, the police reversed their decision to suspend the trio. In a statement dated September 7, 2023, the service explained that it was retracting the interdiction of COP George Alex Mensah, Supt George Asare, and Supt Emmanuel Gyebi to avoid interfering with the ongoing parliamentary investigation into the matter.

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“In order not to prejudice the ongoing probe, the Police Administration has suspended their interdiction,” the statement, signed by ACP Grace Ansah-Akrofi, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police, said.

In a statement, the Ghana Police Service indicated its intention to launch disciplinary proceedings to investigate the roles of the three officers mentioned in the leaked audio.

The police had previously issued a statement announcing the suspension of the three officers, stating that this was done “to make way for disciplinary proceedings into their conduct in line with police service regulations.”

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