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IGP Dampare’s meeting with NPP and NDC leadership receives commendation

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Professor Smart Sarpong, a Senior Research Fellow of the Kumasi Technical University, has praised the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akufo Dampare and the Ghana Police Service over their meeting with the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The Police administration had a meeting with the leadership of both parties on some petitions recently received by the Police, which demanded, among others, the arrest of some notable politicians on alleged statements made by them which, according to the petitioners, threatened the peace and security of the country.

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The Police stated that the statements of Ex-President John Mahama, NDC National Chairman; Mr. Asiedu Nketiah, and the Minister for Food and Agriculture; Hon. Bryan Acheampong, did not warrant arrest. Nonetheless, the Suame NDC Youth Organizer was arrested and prosecuted for his criminal statements.

Professor Smart Sarpong praised the Police for their impartiality and called for support from the public in their work.

According to him, the IGP’s assurance and caution to all political parties, particularly the NPP and NDC, that they should leave the Police to do their work without political interference is commendable.

“They should continue to do their work. President Mahama has called on them to serve the country, not individuals. They should do their best…We throw our support behind them,” he said on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” morning show.

Prof. Smart Sarpong advised political parties to refrain from making seditious statements but rather focus on clean politics and their polling stations if they want to win the elections.

“Election 2024, one party is going to win, but it is going to be the party that becomes smarter, not the party that shows muscles and becomes more violent,” he stressed.

The meeting between the Police and the two major political parties is seen as a positive step towards peaceful elections in 2024.

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