Broadcaster Oheneba Boamah Bennie has waded into the controversy surrounding the letter IGP Dr George Akuffo Dampare sent to the British High Commissioner to Ghana Harriet Thompson in relation to her tweet on the arrest of a youth activist.
The diplomat said she was looking at how the arrest of Convener of FixTheCounty, Oliver Barker-Vormawor would go.
“Oliver Barker Vormawor, the convener of #FixTheCountry Movement, arrested again, I understand, for a motoring offense on his way to court. I’ll be interested to see where this goes…,” the tweet said.
But a few weeks after, the Inspector General of Police in a strongly worded statement said the High Commissioner’s tweet amounted to interference in the internal security matters of Ghana.
“We consider your tweet on Oliver Barker-Vormawor’s arrest for traffic offenses a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations,” the Police said.
“However, we have learnt from a previous painful experience that it has not been helpful to ignore such misguided, unwarranted, and biased comments intended to tarnish the reputation of the Ghana Police Service and that of our country,” Dr Dampare stated.
He suspects some persons are behind the letter which was signed by the IGP.
Passing a comment on the 6PM news on TV XYZ, Oheneba Boamah Bennie who was shocked at the wording of the letter from the IGP, he said “I don’t believe IGP wrote that letter himself.”
But reacting to the Police, the High Commissioner told GHOne TV her comment was not received as intended.
“That was not the intention, and my experience, Ghana is peace loving nation where people have the right to express themselves, they do have the right to come out to protest against things that matter to them. A tweet like that will not get Ghanaians on the street in my view. It looks like my tweet wasn’t received as it was intended. I didn’t expect a response from the IGP at all.
“If I was told there are chances like that I will not be tweeting like that that’s clearly not my intention but I haven’t seen anything like that for the time I’ve been here that will suggest his response,” she told GHOne News on Tuesday May 31, 2022.