Denies Him Pulling–Out Ceremony
To many, President Akufo-Addo on July 22, 2019 simply issued a statement sending home the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) less than three weeks to the end of his two-year contract, following his retirement in August 2017.
What they did not know, is the huge embarrassment the President subjected David Asante-Apeatu to with that Monday’s “proceed of on leave, with immediate effect” order statement signed by Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin.
By the police procedure, Mr Asante-Apeatu, after several years of active service and having risen through the ranks to the status of IGP, was entitled to a pulling–out ceremony as done to his predecessors, but this was not to be as the statement from the Office of President ordering him out, suggested a deep rift between him and the Presidency.
Days before his dismissal, some Presidential Staffers at the Communications Bureau of the Flagstaff House, were on various social media platforms, abusing him and casting doubt on his loyalty to Akufo-Addo government.
The statement from the president had read “The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday 22nd July, 2019, directed the Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, to proceed on leave, with immediate effect, pending his retirement from the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday, 14th August, 2019. The President thanked him for his many years of service to the country, and wished him well in his retirement”.
It continued that “President Akufo-Addo has asked the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, to act as IGP until substantive IGP is appointed in accordance with the Constitution”.
The absence of an elaborate ceremony to official pullout Mr Asante-Apeatu, has left him in an awkward position in the history of the Ghana Police Service and the questions on the minds of many Ghanaians, is what led to his ‘dismissal’.
But the pro-government newspaper, the Daily Guide, had suggested that he was asked to go on leave, because he was surrounded by officials championing the course of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Recently, Mr Asante-Apeatu’s Executive Secretary, Chief Superintendent Peter Launchene Toobu, resigned from the Police Service to contest as a parliamentary aspirant of the NDC in the Wa West Constituency of the Upper West Region.
This sparked an avalanche of attacks on Mr Asante-Apeatu, interestingly from Presidential Staffers, including Samuel Bryan Buabeng, Nana Hesse Ogyiri’ and several others inside the Flagstaff House on various social media platforms, until he was asked to leave office.
The Managing Editor of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako Jnr, who is closer to the Akufo-Addo government in reaction to the dismissal, said he ‘knows’ the ‘NDC factor’ contributed to the sacking of Mr Asante-Apeatu, one-time Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
“The gentleman contesting for the NDC primaries who resigned: nobody can convince me that that was not a factor that led to this letter (proceed on leave letter). I know it was a factor and I disagree; it is a bad precedent,” he said.
“You cannot know the political leanings of a person at a sitting or at a glance. Those in charge now do we know their political leanings? Really if you use that against him (IGP), it worries me . . . It’s an exercise that you don’t embark on, and when you do that it comes with so many repercussions. If we don’t watch out it will explode in our faces,” he indicated.
Mr Baako, who is a friend to the ex-IGP, challenged critics who think Superintendent Peter LancheneTuubo was an NDC mole in the Ghana Police to provide evidence.
Speaking on Peace FM, Mr Baako, charged “that gentleman in terms of the professional code of conduct he did the right thing; he resigned before dabbling in partisan politics. There’s no big deal there but the question people are asking is based on his party affiliation, he might have been a mole; that is speculation. They are entitled to make that deduction; it is logical whether it is evidential is another matter…but if you want to make a judgment on it, you provide evidence”.
Meanwhile, our sources inside the Flagstaff House, have told us the president, intends given two years contract to Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, who is currently in an acting position. This is meant to satisfy the Brong Ahafo elements in the NPP.
Interestingly, both Oppong-Boanuh and David Asante-Apeatu, were recruited into the police service the same year and are to have proceeded on retirement two years ago.
Oppong-Bonuah, was born on October 8, 1958 and enlisted into the Ghana police service on August 1, 1988, whiles David Asante-Apeatu, was born on August 14, 1957 and enlisted on August 1, 1988. They attained the mandatory retiring age of 60 long ago.
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