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Ghana Police Sets up Dedicated Legal Team to Scrutinize Politically Related Incidents

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The Ghana Police Service has announced the establishment of a special legal team to assess all politically related incidents before any action is taken. The team will determine if there are any elements of criminality before intervening in any political matter.

This is a significant shift from the previous practice of arresting individuals in the heat of the moment for politically related incidents, without concrete charges leveled against them. The police statement highlights the negative effects of politicians attempting to whip up public sentiments against the police and create the impression that the police support one side over the other.

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The Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, called a meeting with the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to discuss recent happenings on the political front.

Both parties issued press statements and petitions to the police service, requesting the arrest of certain individuals for alleged offenses. The NDC petitioned the police service to arrest the Minister of Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong, for allegedly claiming that the NPP would never hand over power to the NDC. The NPP, in response, called for the arrest of former President John Dramani Mahama and the NDC National Chairman, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, over alleged inflammatory comments they had made in the past.

The police statement also provided updates on political violence and related incidents recorded during recent internal elections of both parties. The Police Election Security Secretariat was established to work with political parties and other stakeholders to enhance the management of security for all elections in the country.

The police service called on Ghanaians to support them in their efforts to build an independent police service that serves the greater good of the people and not the interests of any individual or group. The police assured the public of their commitment to ensuring peace, security, law, and order in the country at all times, including before, during, and after all elections.

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