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IGP: Changes not Witch-hunting 5/21/2009

Just about six days into his appointment, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Paul Tawiah Quaye has made an early shake-up in the Ghana Police Service, contrary to popular expectations with the announcement of changes that have swept through the entire command structure of the Service.
Speaking on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo morning show” the Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Kwesi Fori said, the changes made by the new IGP is not a witch-hunting exercise, but an effort to improve the Police Service as he promised on the day of his appointment. According to him the whole Police Service supports the IGP’s early changes because of the need to improve on the crime fighting capacity of the Police. “It’s a holistic plan and we all have our hands in it.” He added that the IGP made these changes based on the Police Council’s advice, hence there is nothing to be afraid off.

He told Peace FM that improving their relationship with the media, and as well as professional discipline will be their hallmark to ensure the true meaning of their motto “Service With Integrity” He also gave a hint on the status of the former ACP Kofi Boakye, saying the Police Council is working on his case, and that since ex-President Kufuor called him back to the Service, the council had not discussed his issue.

The following is a breakdown of the changes as were announced yesterday:-

The Commissioner of Police (COP) Yaw Adu-Gyimah has been moved to National Security, to be replaced as Director-General of Police. The Western Regional Police Commander, COP Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, moves to the Police Headquarters as Director-General in charge of Administration and Human Resource. COP Joana Osei-Opoku is now the Director-General in charge of Research and Planning, while DCOP Stephen Andoh-Kwofie moves from his position of Director-General, Finance.

ACP/Dr George Akuffo Dampare is now the Director, Finance. The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP James Oppong-Buanuh, moves to the Police Head-quarters as Director-General, Legal, while his counterpart in Tema, DCOP John Kudalor, replaces DCOP Patrick Eden Timbillah as Director-General, Operations DCOP Timbillah has been reassigned as the Ashanti Regional Police Commander.

The former Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kweku Ayensu Opare-Addo, has been named as the new Director-General, Technical, while ACP Peter Alex Wiredu and ACP Richmond Nii A. L. Boi-Bi-Boi were named as Directors of Administration and Operations, respectively. For the regional’s, DCOP Rose Bio Atinga moves from the volta region to head the Greater Accra Region. ACP Bright Oduro moves from his present position as second-in-command in the Accra Region to head the Upper East Region, while the former Upper East Police boss, DCOP Hamidu Mahama, moves to the Western Region as Commander.

The Tema Deputy Commander, ACP Ransford Moses Ninson, has been moved to head the Upper West Regional Police Command, with ACP David Ampah-Benin, Deputy Eastern Regional Commander, moving to the Central Region as Deputy Commander. The changes yesterday also saw ACP Augustine Kwabena Gyenning moving from the Upper West Region as deputy to head the Tema Regional Police; ACP Alex Amponsah-Asiamah of the CID Headquarters has been transferred to head the Interpol Unit, while Superintendent Hamza Ayikambe Yakubu, second-in-command at the National Police Training School, moves to the Police Headquarters as Special Operations Assistant (SOA) for DSP Firmin Akongzigrigo Azitariga, he is to move from the Narcotics Control Board to the Police Headquarters.

By: John Nyaaba (Peacefmonline)

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