The allegations made by former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu, about whispered conversations to remove the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), have been termed as disturbing by Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah.
In a leaked tape that has since gone viral on social media and in the media at large, some influence-peddling policemen can be heard pleading with Bugri Naabu for assistance in persuading President Akufo-Addo to remove Dr. George Akuffo Dampare and replace him with someone more supportive of the ruling party.
They asserted that by taking this measure, the party will be better equipped to manipulate the future general elections in 2024 and maintain control.
Bugri Naabu has both confirmed the authenticity of the audio tape and identified his co-conspirators while speaking to the special parliamentary committee established to look into it.
Kofi Buah, who had been monitoring the proceedings, expressed confidence in the committee’s capacity to elucidate the situation in a statement to the media.
“Even with the first day of the hearing, it is very clear that indeed, as the testimony went—and I’m trying not to get into the work of the committee, but it’s very, very clear that the authenticity of the tape, that indeed this happened. That indeed there was an occasion where this tape was recorded, and so I think that it confirms the worry I had, and I wish the committee well. I believe that they’ll get to the bottom of this issue and to make sure that all the fears of the people of Ghana who have listened to this tape are addressed,” he said.
However, he expressed disappointment in the policemen’s blatant lack of professionalism and referred to their actions as a subject of national concern.
“I mean, it should not happen in Ghana that people who have been entrusted at the highest levels, to basically protect and safeguard the interests of the people of Ghana and the stability of this country in terms of security, especially when it comes to elections, see themselves as basically working in the interest of a political party to basically ensure a certain outcome.
“That is a nightmare if indeed we have such characters in the Police Service who do not see themselves as professionals but as NPP party apparatchiks, then God should save our country. We must get to the bottom of this and I believe that this committee will do exactly that,” he said.