President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has approved a one-year contract extension for retired Commissioner of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh.
COP Oppong-Boanuh, who was appointed as the Deputy Inspector-General of Police only two weeks ago prior to his 60th birthday was granted the extension in a letter signed by the secretary to the president, Nana Asante Bediatuo.
“With reference to your letter dated 17th September, 2018, and a Memo dated 3rd October, 2018, from the Minister for the Interior on the subject matter above. I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has granted you a one-year contract service as Deputy Director-General of the Police effective 8th October, 2018 to 7th October, 2019,” the letter stated.
The Finder Newspaper earlier this week reported of simmering tensions among Senior Officers, Inspectorate and other ranks of the Ghana Police Service following the suspicion that COP James Oppong Boanuh was deliberately appointed Deputy Inspector-General of Police (IGP) as a ploy to force the Police Council and the President to offer him two-year contract extension at the end of his service.
COP Oppong Boanuh, who was on leave before retirement as procedure demands was reportedly appointed to place him in pole position as the next IGP when David Asante-Apeatu leaves office on August 14, 2019.
The Deputy IGP position, which is part of the Police Service Regulations under Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) 76, has been vacant for many years.
Since the last Deputy IGP, Mohammed Alhassan was promoted as IGP; the Deputy IGP position remained vacant until the recent appointment of COP Oppong Boanuh.
Some of the Senior Police officers who expressed dissatisfaction over the role given to COP Oppong Boanuh were of the view that the move blocks the chance of equally competent but younger officers.
This development leaves Ghana with two of its top police officials being on contract after their retirement.
President Akufo-Addo granted the current Inspector General of Police, David Asante Appeatu, who was due for retirement on August 14, 2017, a 2-year contract last year.
Story: News Desk