The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Kofi Boakye, has fired at politicians making incendiary remarks, saying it is unthinkable and unacceptable for any political party to ask macho men to police ballot boxes on December 7.
According to him, it’s wrong for a political party to arrogate to itself the powers of the state.
COP Kofi Boakye’s comments, come in the wake of the Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Daniel Bugri Naabu’s disclosure at a rally at Savelugu that the NPP, has decided to arm its polling station agents with cutlasses and guns in this year’s election.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ebenezer Tetteh, in charge of Public Relations at the Northern Regional Police Command, has told the media that Bugri Naabu, has been cautioned and granted a police enquiry bail.
Nana Akufo-Addo’s confidante was granted bail after his statements were taken. He is to report to the police periodically. He was summoned by the police on Saturday morning on grounds of causing fear and panic.
Bugri Naabu at the rally, told party supporters that the NPP, would deploy well built men (Macho men) to every single polling station in the Northern Region to police ballot boxes on Election Day to prevent them from being snatched by supporters of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He went further to state that NPP supporters, should chase and smash the head of any NDC supporter, who would snatch a ballot box on Election Day.
The statement by Bugri Naabu, drew a lot of criticism and condemnation from Civil Society groups, some security analysts and the NDC, who called on the police to invite him for questioning.
But Mr. Kofi Boakye insists “We are going to be firm and fair with all parties and we are not going to tolerate any group of people who want to give themselves powers of policing that we are going to send macho men to police ballot box”.
The respected police officer, was speaking at the inauguration of a hostel accommodation facility for the police in Ashanti region.
COP Boakye, said this could never happen as Ghana’s democracy, has grown beyond that, adding “Even during the 2000 election after there has been a government for 19 or so years nobody sent macho men to police ballot boxes but there was a change of government.”
He was emphatic that, there has not been a change in police, as “it is the same police from revolution to this time”.
“What makes people think that people will change? We are the same police,” COP Boakye said warning “the fact that election is coming does not mean that any Tom, Dick and Harry can given themselves the powers of the state.”
He said, the power that the Constitution has given to the police, was non-negotiable.