IGP Spares Errant SWAT Commander In Police Shakeup

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has reassigned 122 police officers but has strangely spared his arrant officer, Deputy Superintendent Samuel Kojo Azugu, who led a combined team of masked policemen and political party thugs belonging to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP)  to engage in a gun violence during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election a fortnight, ago.

Many have expected that, DSP Azugu, will be transferred from the National Security Secretariat (NSC) as the Commander of the Police Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit at the Secretariat for the Ayawaso shooting incident led by him and the disgrace it has brought to the Ghana Police Service.

DSP Azugu, a former bodyguard of ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor, has his unit at the NSC under the command and control of the Director of Operation, Colonel Michael Kwadwo Poku.

The two report directly under the command of The Minister of State in Charge of National Security, Bryan Acheampong, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Abetifi in the Eastern Region.

Mr Acheampong, has admitted he deployed the masked armed men to the Polling station, as well as the home Delali Kofi Obrempong; the National Democratic Congress (NDC)  in search of  weapons and ammunition.

DSP Azugu, was seen in video footages, leading some members of the SWAT unit to storm a polling station, beating, shooting and injuring about 18 people with AK47 and other sophisticated weapons. Some victims of that armed attacks, are still in hospital.

One of the gun violence victims, is yet to come to terms with the announcement that he might be amputated.

Police insiders described DSP Azugu, as untouchable officer who is drawing his powers from senior government officers at the NSC, hence the IGPs morbid fear to transfer or recall him from NSC.

This comes as many people, including civil society organization are calling for the sacking of the Minister of State in Charge of National Security, the interdiction of DSP Azugu and Col Opoku, to help independent investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, reports are that close to ten officers at the Police Headquarters in Accra have been transferred to other parts of the country.

For instance, the Public Relations Officer of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), DSP Olivia Turkson, according to the list has been transferred to the Marine, Ports and Railways, Tema.

ASP Patrick Kodjoe Okai, previously at the National Headquarters, is now the Staff Officer at the Brong Ahafo Regional Head office.

Also, DSP Henry N. Agyemang, is now the Commander in charge of the Divisional MTTU office at Kibi in the Eastern Region.

The reassignments according to two separate lists seen by citinewsroom.com dated February 6 and February 7, 2019, take immediate effect and affected mainly senior officers of the police service.

This is the IGP’s first major reassignments this year. He made several reshuffles in the year 2018.

The ranks of some of the senior officers [general duty] captured in the recent reshuffle are 4 Deputy Commissioners of Police, 7 Assistant Commissioners of Police, 17 Chief Superintendents of Police, 25 Superintendents, 16 Deputy Superintendents of Police and 21 Assistant Superintendent of Police.

The rest are non-uniform officers which include one Assistant Commissioner of Police, 3 Chief Superintendents of Police, 11 Superintendents,   10 Deputy Superintendents of Police and 6 Assistant Superintendent of Police.

The reassignment of one of the officers was however cancelled after thereshuffle.

 

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