Samuel Atta Akyea, the Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee investigating the leaked tape concerning Inspector General of Police (IGP) George Akuffo Dampare’s removal, has suggested that the viral tape may have been manipulated. He made this assertion during a media briefing in Accra on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.
Atta Akyea noted that the tape circulating on social media appears to be a truncated version compared to a longer one submitted to the committee by the former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Daniel Bugri Naabu. According to him, the second tape contains a more extensive conversation.
The leaked tape has generated significant attention and debate. Bugri Naabu had previously confirmed its authenticity during his appearance before the committee. This recording features a conversation between Bugri Naabu and three high-ranking Police Officers – COP Alex Mensah, Superintendent George Asare, and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi – discussing plans to remove the IGP in an alleged bid to manipulate the 2024 elections in favor of the NPP.
During his appearance before the committee, IGP Dampare vehemently denied the allegations made against him by the Police Officers, stating that these baseless claims had caused severe distress to his family. He also refuted suggestions that he was part of a conspiracy to secretly record conversations of the three implicated police officers. Furthermore, he dismissed the notion that he was in regular contact with the opposition party’s flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama.
In a recent development, the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah, and the legal counsel for the Inspector General of Police, Kwame Gyan, participated in an in-camera hearing with Parliament’s ad-hoc committee investigating the leaked tape. This confidential session also included the three senior police officers involved in the recorded conversations, along with their legal representatives.