Kwabena Bomfeh, CPP Youth Organizer, has alleged that the Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ofosu Mensah-Gyeabour, was withdrawn from his post because he failed to dance to the political tune of the Regional Minister, Stephen Sumani Nanyina.
He speculated on Peace FM on Monday, based on certain information he claims he was privy to, that the Regional Minister issued specific instructions to the police commander to arrest some residents of Tamale, who belong to “a particular political party”.
The refusal of DCOP Mensah-Gyeabour to carry out Mr Sumani’s instructions infuriated the latter to sack the former from a Regional Security Council meeting ostensibly for leaking to the media “classified information” that is critical to peace in the region.
Mr. Bomfeh rebutted the above claims that the commander divulged “sensitive” issue pointing out that it was rather the commander who has the “capacity to access sensitive issue in the security sense… [and] not the politician”.
He said he is “laying credence” on the information available to him because no tangible reason has been given by the government to justify the removal of DCOP Mensah-Gyeabour.
He expressed concern and described as “unfortunate” that only security personnel suffer when there are contentions between them and politicians, this, he said: “It is not in the interest of the nation.”
He accused the government of failing to use the “right process” to remove the regional commander.
DCOP Mensah-Gyeabour is currently stationed at the Police Headquarters in Accra.
The Minister of Interior, Cletus Avoka, told Joy FM that the removal of the police commander is only an interim measure taken upon the advice of the acting Inspector General of Police Mrs. Elizabeth Mills-Robertson.
Actions by both the interior and the regional minister have attracted some criticisms from the public.
Story by Isaac Essel/Myjoyonline
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