Does Transfers Every Two Weeks
David Asante-Appeatu, is shaping up as the most indecisive Inspector General of Police (IGP) the country has had in recent memory, and his wavering nature, is creating lots of disquiet in the Service.
Observers have said that, the Flagstaff House, is getting too much involved in the day-to-day administration of the police service to the extent that the IGP, who is on a two-year contract, is only, but a ceremonial figure with no influence and power; he only follows orders.
Mr Asante-Appeatu’s, reign has seen the most transfers in the history of Ghana police with some officers sometimes transferred twice to different stations, department and regions within a week.
The IGP, is seen not fighting crime, but busy with transfers, and this is affecting the work of the service, as well as the families of the police officers.
Indeed, many officers are at a loss, as to the justifications behind these weekly transfers. Others see it as punishment for offenses they have no idea about.
Some officers, have many times complained that they barely get to know the terrain they have been posted to, then comes another order from the IGP to proceed on another transfer.
The internal memo dated October 15, 2018, which saw shakeup in the police service with 32 re-assigned by Mr Asante Apeatu, has been followed by yet another transfer dated October 16, 2018 with the transfer of some seven police officers to various department within the service.
The two transfers happening within 24 hours, is not the only strange thing, because an officer ACP Francis Aboagye-Nyarko, saw himself strangely twice transferred by the IGP within 24 hours.
In the October 15 notice, ACP Aboagye-Nyarko, was moved from the CID Headquarters to PID, however, in the October 16 transfer notice issued the next day, same Mr Asante-Apeatu, sent ACP Aboagye-Nyarko to PSO with a blazing explanation by his name that his earlier transfer has been varied.
ACP Aboagye-Nyarko, has been the Chairman of the Akufo-Addo government’s Asset Retrieval Committee, stationed inside the Flastaff House and reporting directly to Chief of Staff; Madame Frema Opare.
It is believed he is drawing his powers from there and so get them to give him preferential treatment.
He was first at Odorkor as the Divisional Commander, but move to the CID headquarters by the Akufo-Addo government on the first transfer done by the IGP. He is as very influential in the service, heavily wielding political power.
Another officer, whose transfer is also buttressing the claim that the IGP is not divisive, is Chief Superintendent Henry Kodjo Otoo. He had been transferred twice within a month, according to The Herald’s information
About three weeks ago, specifically September 28, 2018, the IGP sent Chief Superintendent Henry Kodjo Otoo to the Weija Division in the Greater Accra Region, but per the October 16, 2018 notice, he has been pulled from Weija and on his way to the Police Headquarters.
Meanwhile, the memo dated October 15, 2018 reassignments saw former Public Affairs Director of the Ghana Police Service and District Commander at East Legon, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, per the memo is now the Director for the Mamprobi district.
DCOP Simon Yaw Afeku, Director-General (DG) in charge of Operations is now the DG in charge of ICT at the Ghana Police National Headquarters.
The IGP in last month made 14 re-assignments within its hierarchy.
DCOP Patric Adusei Sarpong, who was the DG, L&P, per the memo, is now the Regional Commander for the Ashanti Region.
DCOP G. Owusu-Boateng, former second in command in the Ashanti Region is now the Regional Commander for the Brong Ahafo Region.
DCOP Edward J. Oyirifi-Akrofi, former second in command in the Northern Region is now the Commander of Tema.
DCOP Francis Ebenezer Doku, who was the second in command in the Volta Region, is now the Volta Regional Commander.
DCOP Kwaku Boadu-Preprah who is the second in command in Tema is now the second in command in the Ashanti Region.
Others District directors have also been transferred to other places.
Some districts that have had their directors sent elsewhere includes: Kpesie, Tarkwa division, Kaneshie division, AgonaSwedru division, Walewale, Nkawie, Amasaman, Damango, Tolon among others.
The Inspector General of Police in September 2018 appointed James Oppong Boanu, has new Deputy Inspector- General of Police; who was on the verge of retiring from the service; a move that was widely criticized.
Oppong-Boanuh’s contract was, however, extended by president Akufo-Addo by one year.
It has been reported that, he personally requested for an extension of his contract through the Interior Ministry, to enable him assist the IGP , although this is not the normal practice in the service.