IGP tape: Committee urged to conclude their work

Story: News Desk 

The Speaker of Parliament has ordered the parliamentary committee investigating the alleged plot to remove Inspector General of Police Dr. George Akuffo Dampare to reconvene and conclude their inquiry.

His instructions follow disagreements among the committee members regarding the final report.

On Thursday, July 4, 2024,  Alban Bagbin ordered, “It is very clear that the committee has not completed the job… I direct that further deliberation of this matter is suspended and the committee is called upon to go back to further consider this matter.”

The Speaker of Parliament ruled that the ongoing dispute between the Chairman, Samuel Atta Akyea, and Vice Chairman, James Algalga, of the investigative committee had  created an unproductive environment for the House to make an informed decision

Therefore, he issued a gag order, directing all Members of Parliament to refrain from publicly commenting on this matter until further notice, in order to maintain decorum and allow for a more productive resolution.

Samuel Atta Akyea, Chairman of the committee, clarified that the committee’s report could not have been comprehensive without investigating the serious allegations of extrajudicial killings levelled against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), as it was essential to examine all aspects of the matter to ensure a thorough and impartial inquiry.

“…Three of the members said the issue of investigating the extrajudicial killing is inconsequential to them then what are we sitting there for?” he quizzed.

On July 2, the Committee’s report cited all three offices heard on the tape COP George Alex Mensah, Superintendent Asare and Superintendent Gyebi for professional misconduct and went ahead to refer two of them to the privileges committee for lying to the committee when they appeared before them.

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