Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), voiced his displeasure with several features of the ongoing hearing that he feels may give his accusers an unfair advantage.
He said that witnesses were not required to present proof to back up their claims against him before his testimony was solicited.
This has to do with a recording that allegedly shows a plot to oust the IGP from office.
He feels that the prior witnesses’ efforts to enlighten the committee were insufficient given the seriousness of the situation.
“Honorable Chair, I think we need to look at this carefully. Because that is not fair. Having said that, I don’t have any tape, I don’t know about it. And they should stop it,” he said on September 12.
One of the witnesses, COP George Mensah, said during his own testimony before the committee on September 1 that “intelligence suggests that what was used to tape the conversation was done by the current IGP.”
Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, according to COP Mensah, is the one who oversaw the tape’s disclosure.
“He sent some people to do it, after which he went for it. So the tape, from my intel, is with the IGP, and he caused it to be leaked. So if this committee wants the tape, the right person to call before this committee is the Inspector General of Police,” he asserted.
The IGP, however, will not allow that.
Dr. Dampare replied it is the accusers’ duty to sufficiently establish their charges before he is asked to answer when the committee asked about his response to these allegations.
He believed that these acts were a diversionary tactic and advised that they be carefully considered.
“They are trying to twist it and divert attention. We allowed him to go on that fishing expedition, acting as octopuses in the quest to find something by whatever means to affect my person or my integrity,” he explained.
On September 13, 2023, the IGP and the four prior witnesses are scheduled to testify before the committee.
The National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah, who was cited by one of the witnesses in connection with the aforementioned NIB inquiry, will also be present.