Former NDC Oforikrom Parliamentary Candidate Henry Osei Akoto believes the removal of the Ashanti Regional Deputy Police Commander and the interdiction of three others is not enough punishment to let Inspector General of Police, IGP George Akuffo Dampare off the hook.
He further stressed that even though the interdiction of the senior officers issued in a communique by the police service was swift and commendable, there is a need for punitive measures to be meted out swiftly to the men in uniform to serve as a deterrent to the other servicemen who behave unprofessionally in the discharge of their duties.
The vociferous NDC member on Monday June 13, 2022 called for the dismissal of IGP Dampare for “supervising a lot more shooting of Civilians and armed robbers under his watch”.
Henry Osei Akoto made the call following police use of brute force to disperse protesting students of Kumasi Islamic Senior High School which eventually led to at least 30 of the students being hospitalized.
The Islamic SHS students took to the streets to block roads in protest of frequent vehicular accident in front of the campus.
Hours after Hon Osei Akoto’s call for IGP Dampare’s dismissal, the police issued a statement of removal and interdiction of some of it’s officers who were involved in the act.
The Deputy Regional Commander, DCOP Mr Akwesi Akomeah Apraku has been removed from his position as acting Regional police commander and interdicted while two other senior officers namely ACP Mr George Akomah and ACP Alex Cudjeo Acquah have been interdicted.
The Suame Divisional Police Commander have also been interdicted pending an investigation into the incident.
Reacting to the police response, Hon Osei Akoto says the officers may have failed in their line of duty, but IGP Dampare instead should have been fired by President Akufo-Addo for superintending over unprofessionalism in the service.
The senior officers affected may have failed in discharging their duty but I strongly believe IGP Dampare is the person superintending over unprofessionalism in the police service.