- President Akufo-Addo appointed the deputy IGP to act in the place of David Asante-Appeatu
- His appointment follows the president's directive asking David Asante-Appeatu to proceed on leave with immediate effect
- James Oppong-Boanuh would act as IGP until a new IGP is appointed according to the constitution
President Akufo-Addo on July 22, 2019, asked the Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu to proceed on leave with immediate effect.
According to a statement from the presidency, Deputy IGP James Oppong-Boanuh, was to act as IGP until a substantive IGP was appointed in accordance with the Constitution.
YEN.com.gh has however gathered all there is to know about the new IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh
Education and Qualification
Masters in Human Rights – University of Education, Winneba (2015) (B.L.) – Ghana School of Law, Accra (1984) – Called to the Bar & Enrolled as a Member of the Ghana Bar Association (1984).
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Political Science – University of Ghana, Legon (1982)
GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels, Dormaa Secondary School, Dormaa Ahenkro (1977, 1979)
Aboabo (Dormaa) L/A Primary & Middle Schools – 1963 – 1972
Police Management and Field Command
2017 – 2018 – Director-General/Administration
2013 – 2017 – Director-General/Services
2013 Director-General/Police Intelligence and Professional Standards (PIPS)
2009 – Director-General/Legal & Prosecutions – Also acted as Director-General/Research & Planning.
2007 – 2008 – Regional Police Commander, Accra Region
2006 – 2007 – Regional Police Commander, the then Brong-Ahafo Region
2005 Director-General/Welfare with additional responsibility over the ICT Directorate
2004 – Director-General/Human Resource
2002 – 2004 – Appointed First Chief Staff Officer to IGP
2002 – Secretary to Police Council, Police Headquarters.
1997 – 2000 – Senior Legal Officer, Legal Directorate, Police Headquarters.
1996 -1997 – Regional Traffic Officer, Motor Traffic Unit, Tema Region.
Also acted as District Commander, Community 1, Tema
1990 – 1996 – ADC/Personal Assistant to the Inspector-General of Police.
1989 – Officer in Charge, Accra Central Police Station.
United Nations/Peacekeeping Mission Experience
2010 – 2012 – UNAMID – Appointed Police Commissioner and Head of Police Component of the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation (Mission) in Darfur (UNAMID)
2005 – AMIS – Appointed Deputy Police Commissioner for the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). – Led the Advance Team to set up the Police Component of AMIS.
– Drafted the Police Component’s Concept of Operations (CONOPS).
– Acted as Police Commissioner for the Mission until the arrival of the substantive Commissioner (November 2005 – March 2006).
2001 – CIVPOL Officer in the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor (UNTAET).
2001- Personnel Officer at the CIVPOL Headquarters of UNTAET responsible for Transfers and Deployments.
2001 (May) – 2002 (January) – Deputy Chief of Investigations/UNTAET. 1994 – United Nations Mission in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) as a Civil Police (CIVPOL).
Oppong-Boanuh will act as IGP until a substantive IGP is appointed in accordance with the Constitution, a statement signed by Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications of the Presidency said.
His appointment followed a directive by President Akufo-Addo to the IGP, David Asante-Apeatu to proceed on leave, with immediate effect, pending his retirement on August 14, 2019.
He is also on the 10-member Ghana Police Service Council and a member of the Police Management Board.
He has attended several professional courses and training programmes, both at home and abroad, including the Strategic Leadership Course at the Police Staff and Command College, Bramshell in the United Kingdom.
He is married with three children.
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