Lawyers representing the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, argue that the head of Parliament’s ad hoc committee investigating the purported recording planning his removal, Samuel Atta Akyea, is prejudiced.
The attorneys said they stand by their charges and will not back down.
They claim that subsequent developments in the investigation have supported their fears.
This issue follows Mr. Atta Akyea’s contention that the attorneys neglected to present these charges before the committee during the last in-camera meeting.
However, Kofi Bentil, a representative for the IGP’s legal team, says they remain focused and certain that their client will be vindicated.
“We haven’t backtracked, and we know what we said and when we said what we said. We still stand by it that his actions show someone’s bias. We hope that he will shift from that position, alright. Everything we have suggested has come to pass.
“The last time he said we should go and come back to hear new evidence, it was suggested to him by my senior counsel that no, why don’t you take the evidence and if it is serious call us back? he said no, we should come back. We went, and the evidence was that nothing was brought.”
“So we just went, spent the time there and walked away and now things have been suspended. The civil society leaders have expressed their concerns, everybody is expressing concerns on how things are being conducted,” he said.
Some civil society organizations have reported Samuel Atta Akyea to Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.
The groups, which included Imani Ghana, CDD-Ghana, and others, had met with the Speaker to express their concerns.
Speaking to the media following the meeting, Franklin Cudjoe, President of Imani Ghana, stated that Mr Atta Akyea is moving the committee’s attention away from its terms of reference.
According to him, this is impacting the spirit and morale of the Ghana Police Service, necessitating an immediate response from the Speaker.
Mr Cudjoe said that the Abuakwa South legislator seemed to be acting like a judge in his courtroom.
“We wanted to find out from the Speaker what the original terms of reference for the Committee were. Because we realized that the Committee chairman seems to be setting his questions and answering them.”
“The Speaker was categorical that well, look, I gave the Chairman of the Committee specific terms of reference. To get the authenticity of the tape, basically, those comments that were made and the persons who made them,” Mr Cudjoe said.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Parliament’s ad hoc committee, Samuel Atta Akyea, says no one can pressure them to rush through the investigations.
The committee is now reviewing the information provided to it in order to finish its findings.