-The Greater Accra regional police commander, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has stated that his subordinate, the East Legon police commander, DSP George Asare, lied to the commission of inquiry
- According to DCOP Sarpong, he personally assigned responsibilities to DSP Asare
- His statement contradicts that of DSP Asare who earlier claimed that he was sidelined as the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election took place
The Greater Accra regional police commander, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has claimed that his subordinate, DSP George Asare, lied to the Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
Starrfmonline.com reports that DCOP Sarpong claimed it was untrue that DSP Asare was kept out of the security arrangements implemented for the by-election.
According to DCOP Sarpong, he personally assigned responsibilities to DSP Asare during the by-election.
His statement contradicts that of DSP Asare, who added that the district command was even kept out of the process.
He went on to say that on the eve of the by-election, his official vehicle was taken away from him.
“I was asked to stay aside; my command car was taken away from me and I was asked to bring to the Accra region,” DSP Asare said.
He went on to say that “a day before the by-election, we were all called to the regional command and when the list was given, I realized my name was not part.
I complained to Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori, the head of Accra operations, and they said I should not worry.”
In his opinion, the actions of his superior fell short of standard practice with respect to the work of the police.
DCOP Sarpong countered by saying that this is the first time he has experienced something like this in his 23 years of work with the service.
Six people were reportedly shot at the Bawaleshie polling centre of the constituency, compelling the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to withdraw from the exercise citing safety concerns.
The commission began its public hearing on Thursday, February 14, 2019. It has the Justice Francis Emile Short, a former head of the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), as its chairman.
The former dean of the faculty of law of GIMPA and private legal practitioner, Ernest Kofi Abotsi acts as its secretary and the other members are Professor Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Patrick K. Acheampong, a former inspector general of police.
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