IGP appears before Ayawaso Commission

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante Apeatu has appeared before the Emile Short Commission of Inquiry on the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-elections violence.


According to the IGP, his attention was drawn to the violence at the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian School by the Minister of Interior.

Mr Apeatu said that he however visited the crime scene two days ago, that is on Sunday, 3rd March, 2019.

The IGP said that it came to his attention that when investigators and crime officers got to the scene on the day of the violence, the crime scene had been tempered with.

He added that the disturbance of crime scenes by members of the general public, was not unusual.

“We need to educate the public and I intend to include it in the Ghana Police Watch television series”, he said.

The IGP said that he was not aware of the deployment of National Security personnel to the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian School, and is not surprised that police personnel at the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian School were also not aware of the deployment.

“I will not be surprised, that the police personnel deployed to the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian School polling station, did not react to the presence of the National Security personnel. This could be because they were using police SWAT vehicles”, he explained.

The IGP recommended that more attention be paid to coordination and collaboration between intelligence agencies and security services.

In the course of his testimony, the IGP said that he has been informed about the misconduct of some police officers who were part of the National Security personnel deployed to La Bawaleshie.
He added that the police has invited all personnel who took part in the operation and investigation was on going.

According to the Inspector General of Police, the personnel who allegedly showed misconduct, will face a Police Commission of Inquiry.

Source: GhanaJustice/F.Kyeremateng


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