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Too many COP promotions bane of nasty lobbying for IGP

Category : General | Sub Category : Breaking

The ugly lobbying by serving officers for the yet to be vacant position of Inspector-General of Police (IGP) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) has ruffled some feathers in the administrative hierarchy of the police.

The worrying situation has compelled some senior officers of the service who detest what is going on in the service under the leadership of the retiring IGP, David Asante -Apeatu have started speaking about these ekes in the service.

 A senior police officer told on strict conditions of anonymity that many of the serving officers who are jostling for the post have more years to serve as Commissioners of Police (COP) in the service in with their ages.

This, he said under normally service rules should not have been so, had it not been patronage and nepotism. 

According to him, this is not supposed to be so, as senior officers with the rank of COPs, are officers who must be nearing their retiring age.

He said such senior personnel with these ranks are very experienced personnel and advanced in age as well, nearing retirement.

He said hitherto, such personnel with the title COP are people who are advanced in age in the headquarters management of the service.

This, over the years took out the needless competition for the position of IGP because it is the dream of every recruit in the army to be a general one day.

There is intense lobbying for the position of IGP now because from the position of  COP in the police administrative structure, the next post is IGP he said.

In my candid opinion, I think the president Nana Addo Akufo-Addo and the Chairman of the Police Council, the Vice President Alhaji Mahamadu Bawumia were wrongly advised on the promotion of some junior officers to the position of COP.

There are too many officers with the title COP; had it not been it, there wouldn't be intense competition among the rank holders when there is vacancy in the top position.

He said in the past Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCOP) were appointed IGP and there was no lobbying associated with it.

He mentioned the likes of Peter Quaye, Nana Owusu Nsiah, Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong among others who were lower in rank but promoted to the position of IGP by subsequent governments.

It is only natural that once the service had more officers with the rank of COPs, there will be competition for the post if there is vacancy because they see themselves as having the qualification to lead the service.  

‘Today serving officers who have more than ten years to retire or less than ten years to retire from active service have all been promoted to the position of COP.   

It is no wonder that already the name of  ten senior officers have popped up in the race for IGP and aspirants are using ethnicity, prominent chiefs, pastors, media and influential politicians to lobby for the post.

The names already flying in the corridors of power are all with Commissioner of Police (COP)titles.

The aspirants are COP Ken Yeboah, COP George Alex Mensah, Director-General(D-G) In -Charge of Operations, COP Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo Danquah, D-G of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, D-G of Police Professionals and Standards Bureau (PIPS),COP Christian Tetteh Yohenu, COP Prosper Ablorh, COP Ampah Banim,COP George Akufo Dampare, D-G for Welfare,  the Deputy IGP, James Boanuh, .    


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