COP George Mensah, a senior police official implicated in an alleged plot to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, has revealed that he has been actively lobbying for the position of IGP since 2017.
He disclosed this information during his testimony before the ad-hoc parliamentary committee investigating the leaked audio recording related to the alleged plot on Thursday, August 31, 2023.
According to COP Mensah, he engaged in this lobbying effort through the former Northern Regional Chairman, Daniel Bugri Naabu. He stated that his curriculum vitae (CV) was handed over to an individual sent by Bugri Naabu with the intention of advocating his appointment as the IGP. However, he acknowledged that these lobbying efforts were unsuccessful, and he emphasized that lobbying for such positions was not uncommon within the police force.
“Some of us began lobbying for the position of IGP as far back as 2017. It is not only commissioners who are appointed as IGPs. Nana Owusu-Nsiah, for example, was promoted from the position of deputy commissioner to IGP when there were commissioners in the force,” explained COP Mensah, who currently serves as the Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service and is on leave pending his retirement in September 2023.
COP Mensah also expressed criticism of IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare’s management of the Police Service, stating that it has resulted in a decline in morale among many police officers.
He asserted that a significant number of police personnel are dissatisfied with the leadership of IGP Dampare, indicating that their sentiments could be confirmed by speaking with officers within the police force.