The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-APeatu, has revealed that, he was not informed about the operation of the National Security during the Ayawaso Wesy Wuogun by – election which resulted in some clashes on January 1, 2019.
The IGP, who by law is a member of the National Security, made this disclosure to the Emile Short Commission on Tuesday. He said. “My lord, I did not know about the operation…I believe the police is well trained and equipped to have dealt with the situation at hand if it was brought to our attention,” the IGP told the Commission probing the violence that characterised the by-election on January 31,2019.
Expressing lack of confidence in the capabilities of the National Security SWAT team, who superintended over the brutalities that occurred at some polling centres and a shooting incidence at La – Bawaleshie, the IGP noted that: “Our service instructions enjoin us not to use torture or violence to solve problems. We can use minimum force when it is necessary. Any officer who fires or gives command for a firearm should know that he will account for that.
The Inspector General of Police also affirmed before the Short Commission that victimisation exists within the Ghana Police Service, indicating that, such victimisations manifest themselves in irregular transfers, delayed promotions among others.
The IGP gave a vivid circumstance of such victimisation, citing himself as an example. He made known to the Commission that, he had to stay at the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police for ten years, owning to this phenomenon.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, last month inaugurated the three – member Commission of Inquiry set up by the government to dig into the violence which occurred on Thursday, January 31, during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election. The Commission is comprised of former boss of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Short,who is the Chairperson of the Commission,law professor, Henrietta Mensa – Bonsu and former IGP Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong. Meanwhile, Ernest Kofi Abotsi is Secretary to the Commission.
Some key witnesses who have since appeared before the Commission include Delali Kwasi Brempong, the NDC parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency in the by-election, Sam George, the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram Constituency, the Director General of the Police CID, Chief Superintendent Kwesi Fori, Albert Kan Dapaah, the Minister for National Security, Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery and Brian Acheampong, the Minister of State for National Security.