Accra, September 7, 2023 – In a dramatic turn of events, Commissioner of Police (COP) Alex George Mensah, the Director General Technical of the Ghana Police Service, has been interdicted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare, along with two other high-ranking officers, Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi and Superintendent George Lysander Asare, over their alleged involvement in the leaked tape scandal that has sent shockwaves through the nation.
The decision to interdict these officers was made after COP Mensah made startling revelations during his appearance before the Parliamentary Committee tasked with investigating the scandal. In a statement signed by Director General of Administration, COP Christian Tetteh Yohonu, COP Mensah was officially informed of his immediate interdiction.
The statement read, “Kindly be informed that you are interdicted with immediate effect following your involvement in the leaked tape being investigated by Parliament. You are to hand over your weapons, uniforms, and other police accoutrements and/or properties, including your authority badge, to DEPOL LOGISTICS.”
During his testimony before the parliamentary committee, COP Mensah accused the IGP, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, of mismanaging the Police Service, alleging a decline in morale among police officers under his leadership. Additionally, COP Mensah admitted to being politically aligned but did not disclose which party he was associated with.
These claims align with the sentiments expressed in the leaked tape, where COP Mensah can be heard discussing the removal of the IGP to ensure the victory of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2024 elections. However, he vehemently denied the authenticity of the tape, alleging that it had been doctored and did not accurately represent his original conversation with Daniel Bugri Naabu. He claimed he couldn’t verify several details on the tape and asserted that there was no plan to remove the IGP.
Committee Chairman Samuel Atta Akyea challenged COP Mensah’s claims, stating that the tape played during the hearing was unaltered. In a surprising twist, Bugri Naabu, who also testified before the committee, confirmed the authenticity of the tape and admitted to recording it in his private office in Osu. Bugri Naabu further revealed that COP Mensah had urged him to discuss the possible removal of IGP Dampare due to his perceived reluctance to support the NPP’s 2024 electoral ambitions.
This interdiction emphasizes the gravity of the leaked tape scandal and the ongoing investigations into an alleged plot to oust the IGP. The Ghana Police Service, under the leadership of IGP George Akuffo Dampare, is committed to ensuring accountability and upholding the integrity of the police force.
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My Ref: PAD/PRESS/WOL.4/1/81
POLICE INTERDICT THREE OFFICERS
1. The Police Service has interdicted Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr. George Alex Mensah, Superintendent Mr. Emmanuel Eric Gyebi and Superintendent Mr. George Lysander Asare in connection with the audio tape which has become a subject matter of investigation by Parliament.
2. The interdiction is to make way for disciplinary proceedings into their conduct in line
with Police Service regulations.
Source; Ghana Police Service