DCOP Ken Yeboah, Northern regional police commander, has revealed that he nearly lost his job after a photo of the Northern regional minister in a police vehicle went viral on Facebook and other social media networks.
A picture of Abubakari Abdullah, the Minister for Northern Region and NDC parliamentary candidate for Walewale, in a police vehicle and waving at a charged crowd of sympathisers flooded social media about a month ago. The photo suggested that the Minister was using the police vehicle to campaign and the Northern regional police command came under a heavy public backlash over the picture.
The commander clarified the situation during a forum in Tamale organized by the National Media Commission to launch an election project. DCOP Yeboah explained that the police was only escorting the recently appointed regional minister to introduce himself to the chiefs and of the region.
He explained: “So, when he got to Walewale, it was after mosque the people came and everybody wanted to greet, wave him and there was no way, the traffic had jammed so he just came out of his vehicle, stood in the police vehicle to wave at the crowd so that the people would just go away and then [people said] the police have given their vehicle to the regional minister to campaign."
He advised journalists in the region to be circumspect in their reportage saying:"It nearly caused my job, but fortunately there was no party colours anywhere, that saved us.”