The Police Service has taken decisive action by interdicting three high-ranking officers, including Chief Superintendent (COP) Alex Mensah, Superintendent (Supt.) George Asare, and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi.
The move comes in response to the circulation of a leaked audio recording allegedly involving discussions about the removal of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The leaked tape, which has been widely shared on social media and other platforms, reportedly contains conversations among the three senior police officers discussing plans and strategies related to the potential removal of the current IGP with the former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Bugri Naabu.
These officers have been placed on interdiction while further disciplinary procedures are pursued in compliance with Police Service protocols.
Testimonies given by Commissioner of Police (COP) Alex Mensah and Superintendent Asare, who have already appeared before the Parliamentary Committee, assert that the tape being examined by the committee has been allegedly “doctored, cut and paste”. Both officers have independently urged the committee to procure the original tape from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), George Akuffo Dampare.
A memo from the police on Thursday stated that “The Police Service has interdicted Commissioner Mr. George Alex Mensah, Superintendent Mr. Emmanuel Eric Gyebi and Superintendent Mr. George Lysander Asare in connection with the audio tape which has become a subject matter of investigation by Parliament.
“The interdiction is to make way for disciplinary proceedings into their conduct in line with Police Service regulations”, the statement from Police added.
During his appearance before the parliamentary committee, COP Mensah accused the IGP, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, of mismanaging the Police Service.
He claimed that the IGP’s leadership has led to a decline in morale among police officers.
The investigation into the leaked audio, however, took a new turn on Monday after a fresh tape emerged.
This revelation came to light after COP George Mensah and Supt. George Asare testified that portions of the original tape in evidence were doctored.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee probing the incident, Samuel Atta Akyea, disclosed this information to the media after Monday’s proceedings.
He stated that the committee would decide whether to hold an in-camera hearing or not, based on the evidence presented.