DSP Samuel Azugu

Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry has revealed that the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu has been transferred from the National Security Ministry.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Thursday, he stated that DSP Azugu has been moved to the National Operation Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service as of May 27 2021.

“Deputy Superintendent of Police Mr Samuel Kojo Azugu has since 27 May 2021, been recalled by the Inspector General of Police from the Ministry of the National Security. He has been duly reassigned within the Ghana Police Service. So he is no more with the National Security Ministry.”    

When asked about the reason for Azugu’s transfer, Mr Derry told Parliament that “I am not in a position to answer that question” if DSP Samuel Azugu was removed from the National Security Ministry because of the recent assault on a Citi FM journalist or the recommendations of the Emile Short Commission.

DSP Azugu was thrust into the limelight following his appearance at the Emile Short Commission hearing owing to his involvement in the Ayawaso West Wuogon bye-election violence in 2019.

The Emile Short Commission issued a report recommending, among other things, that DSP Azugu be reassigned to the Ghana Police Service, his mother organisation.

Two years down the line, DSP Azugu came under public scrutiny after the alleged assault on Citi FM’s journalist, Caleb Kudah, by National Security operatives under his instructions.

The general public, appalled by how the National Security handled the whole situation, demanded the dismissal of the operatives involved, especially DSP Azugu.