In Accra on September 12, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, firmly denied any involvement in a secret recording plot with Mr. Daniel Bugri Naabu, a former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party. Testifying before Parliament’s bi-partisan seven-member Committee, which is investigating an alleged leaked tape, Dr. Dampare refuted allegations that he conspired to secretly record conversations involving three implicated police officers.
The officers in question include Mr. George Alex Mensah, Commissioner of Police (COP); Mr. George L. Asare, Superintendent of Police; Mr. Emmanuel Eric Gyebi, Superintendent of Police, and Mr. Bugri Naabu, who is also a Paramount Chief of Namong in the North East Region.
The bi-partisan Committee, chaired by Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea, a New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament, and with Mr. James Agalga, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP, as Vice-Chairman, is investigating the authenticity of an alleged leaked audio discussing the removal of IGP Dampare from office. This leaked audio, which emerged on July 11, 2023, purportedly involved a Police Commissioner and a politician.
As a result of this controversy, the Minority Caucus in Parliament called for a thorough probe into the leaked tape, leading to the formation of the seven-member Committee by Mr. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament. Their mandate was to authenticate the audio and investigate the alleged plot to remove Dr. Dampare from office ahead of the 2024 general election.
Originally, the Committee was expected to report back to the House on September 10, 2023, but this timeline was extended due to the ongoing investigation.
The Committee comprises three members from both the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, along with a technical expert, Dr. Isaac Lartey Annang, a lawyer and human rights activist appointed by Mr. Bagbin.
Dr. Dampare emphasized his commitment to upholding the law and preserving the integrity of the Ghana Police Service. He expressed his full cooperation with the ongoing investigation, pledging to provide any necessary information or assistance to uncover the truth behind the leaked tape.
The IGP also shared the emotional toll of the wild allegations made against him by the three police officers, underlining the distress it had caused to him and his family. COP Mensah, when appearing before the committee, alleged that the IGP was involved in plotting the audio recording with Mr. Bugri Naabu, suggesting that the IGP possessed the full unedited recording. Mr. Bugri Naabu’s role remains central in this unfolding saga.