Former Member of Parliament for Madina, Alhaji Amadu Seidu Sorogho says the Inspector-General of Police, Mr David Asante-Apeatu should be sacked for failing to work as he should.
Mr David Asante-Apeatu, IGP.
Speaking on Inside Politics on Radio XYZ 93.1 Wednesday afternoon, the former Chairman of the National Fire Service Council said over the years, the conduct of some police officers in the country is very appaling, yet the IGP who seems not to be on top of his game is unable to call them to order – a situation he believes is putting the service in a bad light.
Mr Sorogho was commenting on the killing of some seven (7) innocent men at Manso Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region on July 17, 2018, which has led to the state compensating the families with GH¢ 1.7 million.
President Nana Akufo-Addo who announced the compensation package on Tuesday said GH¢250,000 for each of the 7 families is to be paid to the dependents of the deceased, explaining that “even though money cannot replace the life of a human being, it is being offered as a way of accepting the responsibility of the State in this tragic affair.”
Although, some twenty-one (21) police personnel were eventually interdicted and subjected to a formal criminal investigation, for their alleged role in the killing of the seven Zongo youth, Alhaji sorogho believes the issue was not handled appropriately.
“The IGP must go! He is not working well. What is happening in the police service is not the best and he must be shown the exit, but unfortunately Akufo-Addo can’t sack him,” he told Mugabe Maase, host of the programme.
He continued: ” the way some of the officers misbehave is too bad but what do we see? because the IGP is in bed with the president, he can’t be sacked… Akufo-Addo can’t sack him because he is protecting him (the president). It’s very worrying.”
To him, the iGP is protecting certain interests of the president for which reason Akufo-Addo can’t fire him as the topmost boss of the Ghana Police Service.
Alahaji Sorogho’s argument corroborates the mixed reaction amongst the 7 families to government’s gesture of goodwill.
Spokesperson for one of the families, Ahmed Salim Yushall, on Wednesday had told XYZ News, the amount cannot change the fact that justice was denied their late brothers.
He said although the family appreciates the package given them to take care of the children and families left behind, he believes authorities have to investigate the matter thoroughly to bring them justice.
The president is just given us this [package] pending investigations…Its a mixed feelings. No amount of money can bring back their lives,” said Mr Yushall.