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Fatimatu Abubakar: No IGP can help a political party win election

A commissioner of police George Alex Mensah has described Akuffo Dampare as the "worst IGP ever" in Ghana

The deputy minister of information, Fatimatu Abubakar has commended the current Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr George Akuffo Dampare for the remarkable transformation the service has witnessed under his watch.

Abubakar’s comment comes after COP George Mensah described Dampare as the “worst IGP ever” in Ghana.

Fatimatu Abubakar, deputy Information Minister
Fatimatu Abubakar, deputy Information Minister

Speaking on Asaase 99.5 Accra’s news analysis show, The Forum, on Saturday (2 September), Abubakar said: “My position is that no IGP can help win an election for a party.”

“It hasn’t happened under this 4th Republican Constitution and it will not happen,” she added. “From late President Rawlings’s time, successive governments have appointed IGP’s and gone ahead to either lose or win an election in a period where they have control.”

“I am very confident in the current IGP; the branding and the public perception have improved,” Abubakar added.

Listen to Fatimatu Abubakar in the attached audio clip below: 

Unhappy

Meanwhile, the former director general (technical) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Mensah, has said morale is low within the police service now because most of the personnel are unhappy with the management style of the Inspector General of Police George Akuffo Dampare.

Appearing before a parliamentary committee of enquiry on Thursday (31 August), COP Mensah said although IGP Dampare is a poor manager, he is not plotting to get him out of office.

The committee is investigating a leaked tape concerning discussions about the possible removal of the IGP by three police officers and the former northern regional chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Daniel Bugri Naabu.

“Dampare is not managing the police service well and the majority of police officers are not happy,” COP Mensah told the committee members. “You can call the police officers underground and they will tell you.”

“The tape that I heard today, there are so many things in that tape that I don’t remember and there are so many things that we discussed that are not on the tape. I’ve met Bugri Naabu four times and we have discussed many things some of them private things that I am not ready to discuss in public.

“I had a meeting with Bugri Naabu but I don’t remember having any plan to remove the IGP because I don’t remove IGPs,” COP Mensah said.

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

 

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