Leaked tape seems doctored, says Atta Akyea

The parliamentary 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 NPP Daniel Bugri Naabu

The leaked secret recording allegedly plotting the removal of Dr George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, seems doctored, Samuel Atta Akyea, the chairman of Parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating the leaked audio tape has said.

“It seems to be the case because the second tape is a long conversation,” he said.

Atta Akyea said this on Wednesday when he addressed the media in Parliament after the committee’s in-camera hearing.

He said the tape, which had gone viral since Tuesday, 11 July 2023, was a shorter version of the new audio tape delivered to the committee by Daniel Bugri Naabu, a former Northern Regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Atta Akyea told the media that the committee had ended its sitting, however, it would resume an in-camera hearing from Monday, 2 October to Friday, 6 October 2023.

Parliament’s seven-member bi-partisan committee, chaired by Atta Akyea, MP for Abuakwa South with James Agalga, MP for Builsa North, as the vice-chairman, is investigating the veracity of the leaked audio plotting the removal of Dr Dampare.

On Tuesday, 11 July 2023, a leaked audio recording, allegedly involving a police commissioner and a politician discussing a plot to remove IGP Dr Dampare from office circulated.

Consequently, the Minority Caucus in Parliament called for a probe into the leaked tape.

Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament therefore constituted the seven-member bi-partisan Committee to authenticate the audio and probe into the secret recording of an alleged plot to remove Dr Dampare, IGP from office ahead of the 2024 general election on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

The committee, was, therefore, charged to report back to the House on September 10 2023 but that had not been successful due to the ongoing investigation.

The committee is made up of three members each from the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, and a technical person.

Among the members are Patrick Yaw Boamah, NPP MP for Okaikwei Central, Ophelia Mensah, NPP MP for Mfantseman, Eric Opoku, NDC MP for Asunafo South and Peter Lanchene Tuobu, NDC MP for Wa West as members of the committee.

While Dr Isaac Lartey Annang, a lawyer and a human rights activist, is a technical person appointed by Speaker Bagbin to assist the committee.

Albert Kan Dapaah, the Minister of National Security, tendered in his statement to the committee, while Kwame Gyan, the IGP’s lawyer, represented him.

In attendance were COP Goerge Alex Mensah, Superintendent (Supt) George L Asare, and Supt Emmanuel Eric Gyebi, with their lawyers.

Bugri Naabu was also before the committee with his lawyers for further investigations.

All three police officers had been cited by Bugri Naabu, a Paramount Chief of Namong in the North East Region, as his accomplices in plotting the alleged removal of the IGP from office when he appeared before the Committee on Monday, 28 August 2023.

Thereafter, all police officers on the tape have been interrogated with Dr Dampare being the latest to appear before the committee.

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