The Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, COP George Alex Mensah, has told the parliamentary committee probing a viral leaked tape that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, is mismanaging the Police Service.

COP Mensah made the allegation during his appearance before the committee probing the tape in which some senior police officers are heard in a conversation with the former Northern regional chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Bugri Naabu, plotting the removal of the IGP.

COP Mensah said the IGP’s leadership has led to a decline in morale among many police officers.

“Dampare is not managing the Police Service well and the majority of police officers are not happy. You can call the police officers underground and they will tell you,” COP Mensah told the committee on Thursday, August 31.

In July, a purported secret audio recording emerged detailing an alleged plot by persons believed to be senior members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and a Senior Police Officer to get the current Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, removed from office ahead of the 2024 elections.

At the time, the unidentified individuals involved in the recorded conversation expressed frustration over the IGP’s actions which were not in the interests of the ruling party.

They had issues with his leadership style and alleged association with the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

“I know there are others who are also good for this position. If I don’t get and this man is changed and those people that we think they are our men get it, [I will be happy] … Because we need to break this 8. That is important, we need to break the 8… Because I wouldn’t want doctor to become the flagbearer and then we lose the elections,” one of the men who is reportedly a police officer in the audio is heard saying.”

They believed that achieving the NPP’s ‘Breaking the 8’ agenda, would be impossible with Dampare as the head of the police.

“This IGP is not correct, he won’t help us. Alhaji you have done politics, you know elections is not just…elections, sometimes mafia work is inside… and this man sitting down up there will not help our party to do anything,” the alleged Police officer added.

The other, who identified himself in the tape as a former NPP regional Chairman corroborates his statement by responding “[it’s] not just sometimes, mafia work is inside. As for elections mafia work is involved.”

Source: Nyarko