I’m not the worst IGP ever – Dampare

I’m not the worst IGP ever – Dampare

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, has rejected COP George Alex Mensah rating him as the worst IGP in the Ghana Police Service history.

He believes the former Director-General of Police Operations’ assessment was a slip of the tongue.

Dampare said that his administration is working collectively to ensure that his team becomes the best in the history of the Police Service.

“If I am the worst, then collectively, all of us are the worst, including my brother who was serving in that capacity as a member of the team that I lead. So I think it was a slip of the tongue on his part,” Dampare told the Ad-Hoc Committee tasked to probe the verbosity of the leaked tape on Tuesday, September 12.

“We are on our way to being the best in terms of all those that have come before us, and we have a good reason for that. We are getting on to become the best in the history of the country. And the reason why we want to be the best under my leadership is that when most of my forebears were there, we saw what they were doing right and saw the challenges. We have the opportunities to learn from them and do things right.

“We don’t only want to be the best, but we want those who will come after us to perform better than us. And when that happens, we will end up building strong institutions. So it cannot be true that my administration is the worst,” he said.

Background

Commissioner of Police (COP) George Alex Mensah described the current Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as the worst in the history of Ghana.

COP George Mensah, who is one of the senior police officers implicated in the plot to remove Dr. Dampare from his position told the Parliamentary Ad-Hoc Committee probing the veracity or otherwise of the tape on September 1.

“I can tell you that for the 31 years that I have been in the Police Service, this IGP is the worst IGP,” COP Mensah said.

According to him, his several reports of the happenings in the Police Service which he thinks is hurting the morale of police officers to the IGP were completely ignored.

While appearing before the committee on Thursday, August 31, COP George Alex Mensah asserted that Dr. Dampare is incompetent and mismanaging the affairs of the Ghana Police Service.

“I will not deny that statement. The current IGP is not managing the Police Service well. You can do your investigations and underground searches, [and] you will get the truth,” COP George Mensah stated.

The Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service currently on leave pending retirement in September 2023 said given the opportunity he can do a better job.

He also disclosed to the 7-member committee that he has been lobbying for the top job since 2017.

“My CV was given to somebody who Bugri Naabu sent to come and collect from me. The purpose was for him to go and lobby for me to become the IGP. The lobbying didn’t work, it wasn’t successful, of course, and that is not the first-time lobbying has failed.”

“Some of us started lobbying from 2017 to become IGP… It is not only commissioners who are appointed as IGPs. Yes, Nana Owusu-Nsiah was promoted from deputy commissioner to IGP when there were commissioners,” he noted

 

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