With a little over 60 days left for David Asante-Apeatu, to bow out of the Ghana Police Service as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), he has been made an unhappy man, as his authority is being undermined, usurped and disrespected by his deputy, James Oppong Boanuh, and some junior officers in uniform.
The situation, according to The Herald’s sources within the Police Service, has created lawlessness and tension among officers in the law enforcement agency.
This paper is informed that, law and order, is broken down in the service and this has made combating crime very impossible, hence the general insecurity in the country.
Gifty Arthur, reports that documents available to The Herald, reveal how the deputy IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, is busily revising and issuing counter service orders made by his boss, Mr Asante-Apeatu.
The IGP, as part of his mandate, transferred a number of District Commanders at various districts and regions early May, but a particular officer by name George Lysander Asare, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) who is in-charge of the East Legon District, decided to use his very strong political ties to undo the instructions of the IGP and has succeeded.
With his connection in the Office of the President, the Interior Ministry and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), DSP Asare, refused to follow the directive by the IGP and go on the transfer.
He locked up his Legon office, proceeded on unauthorized leave with the keys to his office, until his transfer was varied last Friday, May 31, 2019.
OnMay 7 and 10, 2019 respectively, the IGP, ordered some officers to proceed on transfers, but most of the orders, have been canceled by the Deputy IGP, Oppong-Boanuh, with another order dated, May 31.
The Deputy IGP, has since moved on and issued another transfer instruction by making changes to the earlier ones done by his boss.
Per Oppong-Boanuh’s action, there are currently three transfer documents in circulation within the Police Service with police officers very confused as to which one to respect or not respect.
The confusion, has affected most of the police stations, as officers are not aware, who is to be their next Direct Commander.
They are at a loss, as to whether to follow the instructions of the IGP or the counter orders from the Deputy IGP, this is because by convention, transfer orders are signed by the IGP and not the Deputy IGP, The Herald is informed.
DSP George Lysander Asare, who until the IGP’s latest transfer orders, was at the East Legion District, was transferred to Atadeku Zenu District in Tema by the second transfer list by the IGP dated May 10, 2019.
DSP Asare, who according to this paper’s sources, is a dye in the wool NPP supporter and does not hide his affiliation to the governing party, refused to respect the IGP’s orders.
Not happy about his new duty post, he did not step foot there, but rather locked up his office at the East Legon District and went away with the keys to activate his political connections, because Atadeku Zenu District is not favourable to him, his friends and political activities.
Indeed, using his strong ties in the NPP, DSP George Asare on Friday, May 31, 2019, eventually got Deputy IGP to revise the IGP’s strict transfer orders by having him transferred instead to Achimota Mile 7 in the Greater Accra Region.
DSP Asare is the same officer, who abandoned post during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, which was marred by the thugs from the National Security outfit.
Interestingly, the IGP, had on Tuesday May 7, 2019, transferred a female officer by name Superintendent Patience Amarku Akwettey, who is senior to DPS Asare, from the Police Headquarter to the same Achimota Mile 7 District as Commander.
But having thrown out the IGP’s directive, Mr Oppong-Boanuh, has asked Supt. Akwettey to head to the Sowutuom District in the Greater Accra Region, and leave the Achimota Mile 7 office vacant for DSP George Asare to occupy.
Then comes Deputy Superintendent Abdulai Mumuni, who was posted from Atadeku Zenu to Sowutuom District by the IGP on May 10, 2019, but documents available to The Herald, show that his transfer, has been canceled by Mr Oppong-Boanuh in his transfer list dated Friday May 31, 2019.
There is also the issue of Supt. Iddrisu Tanko Issifu. He was initially moved from Mile 7 District to the Berekum District of the Brong Region by IGP’s transfer list dated May 7, 2019.
Supt. Tanko’s transfer was later changed from Mile 7 to Tamale in the Northern Region by the IGP’s second list dated May 10, 2019, but Mr Oppong-Bonuah’s transfer list, did not mention him, meaning he is still going to the Northern Region, as directed by Mr Asante-Apeatu, but he is confused as to whether to hand over the Mile 7 District Command to his colleague, Supt Akwettey or their junior colleague, DSP Asare, The Herald is informed.
But with the new transfer list, it is anticipated that DSP Asare, will return the keys to his previous office at East Legon for the new Commander to take over the district command and help fight crime and ensure security in the affluent area, which has become a haven for armed robbers, narcotic drug traffickers, among others.
DSP George Asare, flaunts his political ties to the governing NPP in front of his junior and senior officers, raising questions about professionalism, objectivity and neutrality in policing.
According to insiders, at the various stations he had worked namely; Odorkor, Mamprobi and other stations, he has built his reputation around himself as an NPP policeman, with links to bigwigs of the party.
He is a very good friend of the NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong, and also enjoys very good relationship with some others at the Flagstaff House; the seat of government.
With this “whom you know” and “who knows you” situation, DSP Asare, was not ready to proceed on the transfer, hence his decision to lock up the Legon office and take away the keys by proceeding on the unauthorized leave.
The IGP is said to be helpless over the delinquency exhibited by some of the officers.