Ghana Police Service
Ghana Police Service

Following an allegation of corruption by Kwame Asare Obeng alias A-Plus, against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, the President Nana Addo Dankwa ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the issue.

A four member investigative team, led by the Director General of the CID, Commissioner of Police (COP) Mr Bright Oduro, with Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mrs Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo- Dankwa as member was formed to investigate. In its report, the four senior detectives, confirmed that the allegation of corruption was baseless and without merit.

On the merits of the report, the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff (Samuel Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso Boakye) were exonerated of all corruption charges. Soon after, appeared an audio recording, the contents of which are well known to the public at large, which seeks to confirm a phone conversation between A- Plus and ACP Addo-Dankwa, a member of the investigative team.

We members of Coalition of Democratic Governance (CDG), an independent pressure group, at this point presents four major points as captured from the above:

  1. the outcome of the report of the four senior police officers, which affirms that the allegation of corruption presented by A-plus is baseless and without merit;
  2. The phone conversation between A-Plus and ACP Addo-Dankwa, a member of the investigative team, which confirms the allegation of corruption;

  3. The Korle Bu investigation –if proved to be true- will exemplify the extent to which investigations on corruption are being twisted and ‘managed’;

  4. It is on record that the ACP Addo-Dankwa has denied claims of the content of the audio recording as captured by A-Plus and made public, thus casting doubts on the credibility of the outcome of the
    investigation and questioning the integrity of the Ghana Police Services.

Much as CDG would wish to leave the conclusion to discerning Ghanaians, we join other anti- corruption organisatons to calling for further probing, and our emphasis is the calling of the Ghana Police Council to conduct an independent investigation on issues of ethics of professional policing and substantively that of the A-Plus corruption allegation against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff.

As a primer facie, observers may infer incompetence, lack of professionalism and lack of credibility on the part of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Services on one hand, then the moral integrity of A-Plus and the ethical standing of the two alleged Deputy Chiefs of Staff of the President Nana Addo-Dankwa led government of the Republic of Ghana on the other hand. In order to restore the hard won image of the Ghana Police, and eliminating fighting corruption head-on in Ghana, further and in-depth investigations must be conducted and heads of those found culpable must roll.

Source: Coalition for democratic governance

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