Security expert Emmanuel Kotin has urged Ghanaians to refrain from politicizing the leaked audio depicting an alleged attempt to remove Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare. The recording was allegedly recorded as part of the scheme.
In an interview with Citi TV, he stated that the problem was serious and did not require consideration from a political angle.
Kotin said that it would be better to look at the chances presented by the problem so that the nation may implement reforms as a result.
“The issue before us is very serious, and I am saddened that we are reading political meaning into some of these things. It means that in this country, there is nothing that stands that does not have the long arms of politics, and that is unfortunate. The president has the sole prerogative to appoint or sack an IGP. If the president decides today that he cannot work with the IGP, what can we do? We cannot do anything.”
“So, let’s stop the propaganda and look at the opportunities that this leaked tape presents to us as a country
to look at how we can engineer reforms,” he stated.
In the meanwhile, Mr. Kotin has requested that Dr. Dampare stand up from his position from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He thinks that when the IGP steps down, a commission of inquiry should be established to help deal with the current issue inside the Ghana Police Service.
According to an audio tape that was released, the police decided to delay their decision to detain three top police officials for their suspected participation in a plan to assassinate the IGP.
“The bottom line is this: for the sake of national security and the things that are coming out, we need to be very circumspect about how we discuss some of these issues in the public space, because of the damning evidence that is trickling in day by day. I think the president needs to step in and put sanity to all of these things.
“The president must ask the IGP to step aside so that we can have an independent investigation into this matter, such that no one will be victimized. No witness will be scared to come forward to give evidence, and the IGP will not be in a position to tamper with witnesses.”
“The matters before us are very serious. The parliamentary committee may have to call it a day, and a proper commission of inquiry headed by a good judge should handle the investigation.
“The terms of reference can be widened. We should treat this as a national security crisis, and experts can be invited. It cannot be said that Dampare is an angel; no, he is not.”