Ranking Member on Parliament’s Defence and Interior Committee, James Agalga

Ranking Member on Parliaments’s Defense and Interior Committee says he is surprised DSP Samuel Kojo Azugu is still at post at the National Security office.

Speaking on Top Story, Friday, James Agalga indicated that in spite of a recommendation by the Emile Short Commission to have Mr Azugu reassigned following his role in the Awayaso West Wuogon by-election violence in 2019, the DSP remains at the secretariat.

DSP Azugu of the National Security was in charge of operations in 2019 at Bawaleshie polling station where the violence was recorded.

At least 16 persons were injured after his mask-wearing men laid siege at the residence of the NDC parliamentary candidate believing it housed a stockpile of arms.

According to Mr Agalga, “if not until the latest arrest of the Citi FM journalists broke I lived under the impression that there was full compliance with the Emile Short Commission of enquiry’s findings relative to the reassignment of the superintendent Azugu.”

“So this is new to the parliamentary select committee for defence and interior, we are hearing this for the first time that Supritendent Azugu is still very much at post at the national security council secretariat,” he told Evans Mensah.

“It is quite unfortunate the Inspector General has not complied with the recommendation of the Ayawaso West Wuogon Commission of enquiry findings which findings were accepted by government’s white paper.”

His statement comes after Caleb Kudah recounted his ordeal on how he was allegedly manhandled by officers under the instruction of the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu.

Reacting to the reports, the Former Deputy Minister of Interior says Parliament would probe into the alleged assault.

“So know the matter has been brought to our attention and knowledge I believe strongly that when we reconvene this matter is going to be looked into,” he explained.

James Agalga further added that the IGP will be made to answer questions as to why he has not been able to comply with the recommendation of the Emile Short Commission of enquiry.