President Akufo-Addo is in a no nonsense mood. He has just sacked his Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu.
Sources at the Jubilee House tell Ghanacrusader.com that the president has been unhappy with the performance of the IGP.
Mr. Asante-Apeatu is said to have no proper supervision of the Criminal Investigations Department and its personnel, and also has not taken satisfactory policies to improve the security situation in the country in the face of recent kidnappings. These developments have created some political backlash for the government, our sources maintain.
Most of the reshuffles done by Mr. Asante-Apeatu have been said to be pointless as they did not get his officers to up their game and deliver results.
Confirming the sacking of the IGP, Director of Communications at the seat of government, Eugene Arhin stated in a release that Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh has been appointed as Acting IGP.
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday 22nd
July, 2019, directed the Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, to proceed on leave, with immediate effect, pending his retirement from the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday, 14th August, 2019,” the press statement stated.
It added that,” The President thanked him for his many years of service to the country, and wished him well in his retirement. President Akufo-Addo has asked the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, to act as IGP until a substantive IGP is appointed in accordance with the Constitution.”
Insiders tell Ghanacrusader the action of President Akufo-Addo is to spite and disgrace Mr. Asante-Apeatu.
“The man is due to retire just next month. Why do you disgrace him like this? If there’s a difference, it can be sorted out,” a senior police officer said.
It is unclear if President Akufo-Addo will confirm Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh as the substantive IGP.
Mr. Asante-Apeatu is said to be very livid over the president’s action. A source hinted Ghanacrusader a lot of damning revelations will surface going forward.