General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Johnson Asiedu Nketiah says the Acting IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh will not have the free-hand to operate effectively in his new office.
He’s an undisputed Professional Police Officer with high integrity, Mr Asiedu Nketiah told Kasapa 102.5 Fm but was quick to add that he won’t be different from his predecessor, David Asante-Apeatu who was incapacitated at the long-run because of political control from the Akufo-Addo government.
“The political machinations has been the problem of our professional Policemen to work effectively. The way I know Oppong-Boanuh if he set himself to work very well, he can but I doubt it because I can predict that what Appietu went through he would suffer the same thing,” he told host Kweku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5.
President Akufo-Addo has asked the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh, to act as IGP until a substantive IGP is appointed.
The substantive IGP David Asante-Apeatu was on Monday, 22 July 2019 relieved of his post.
Mr. Asante-Apeatu has proceeded on leave with immediate effect, pending his retirement from the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday, 14th August, 2019.
He is due to retire from the Ghana Police Service on Wednesday, 14th August, 2019.
“The President thanked him for his many years of service to the country, and wished him well in his retirement,” director of communication Eugene Arhin said in the statement.
Oppong-Boanuh was granted a one-year contract extension last year October following his retirement. Until his appointment, Mr Oppong-Buanuh was the Director-General of Administration.
Meanwhile, the General Scribe of the main opposition wants President Akufo-Addo to decide the fate of the Acting IGP ahead of the 2020 elections.
According to him, “It’s dangerous for any country to go into major elections with an Acting IGP in-charge of security”.
He added:”With the mindset that he could be removed in a day, he won’t have the confidence to take charge in security in the run-up to elections.