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The ranking member on Defence Committee of Parliament, Hon. James Agalga, has called for an urgent and independent probe into the leaked tape discussing the plot to oust the current IGP, Akuffo Dampare, from office. A viral audio has emerged involving a top police officer who could replace the current IGP should he be removed from office, and a senior government official close to the Flagstaff House, in which the two are heard discussing plans to remove the current IGP from office and replace him with a Pro-NPP IGP who would do the bidding of government in the 2024 polls. In the audio recording, the two men claimed the NPP cannot win power with the current IGP in office since he is not willing to bend the rules in favor government hence, he must be removed immediately.
Commenting on the matter in Parliament, the Builsa South Lawmaker who is the ranking member on Parliament on the Defense Committee, demanded an urgent and independent full-scale probe to ascertain the veracity of the secret recording and know the persons involved. Responding to the matter on the floor of Parliament, the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery attempted to trivialize the issue saying, “It should be treated with the contempt it deserves” and that he has “no plans to carry out any investigation” into the leaked tape while assuring Ghanaians that the current IGP “is doing a good job” and that the government has no plans to remove him from office.
James Agalga, who is not satisfied with the assurance by the Interior Minister, said “he must conduct an independent probe and must do so immediately”. He stressed that “we are talking about people who are plotting to achieve a certain goal and that goal is to topple the current IGP so that whoever replaces him can do the bidding of government to perpetuate their continuous stay in power”.
“What that simply means is that regardless of the of the outcome of the election, we are going to see abuse of the country’s security apparatus with the view to manipulating figures for the benefit of the government- that is very serious revelation which must be dealt with”. Mr Agalga asked whether that was not giving “testimony to what happened in Techiman in 2020 elections” and called for an urgent but full-scale independent probe into the leaked tape. He emphasized that the NDC will not sit idle and allow the NPP to “subvert the sovereign will of the people of Ghana”.