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IGP Leaked Tape: Committee Finds Three Officers Guilty of Misconduct

The committee urged the House to forward their findings to President Akufo-Addo as mandated by Section 19 of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350), to facilitate the imposition of suitable penalties.

Members of the Parliamentary Committee who probed the leaked tape exposing a plot by senior police officers to remove the Inspector-General of Police,  have recommended disciplinary action against the three implicated officers.

According to the Chairman of the committee, Samuel Atta Akyea, a majority of the committee members determined that COP Alex George Mensah, Supt. George Lysander Asare, and Supt. Emmanuel Eric Gyedi had engaged in misconduct, which is a serious offense under Police regulations.

The committee urged the House to forward their findings to President Akufo-Addo as mandated by Section 19 of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350), to facilitate the imposition of suitable penalties.

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“The House should communicate its findings to the President pursuant to Section 19 of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350) which vests disciplinary powers in the President, to determine the appropriate sanctions for COP George Alex Mensah, Supt George Lysander Asare and Supt Eric Emmanuel Gyebi who appear to have misconducted themselves professionally by breaching sections 17(d) of the Police Service Act and 1970 (Act 350),” the report said.

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Sections 17(d) of the Police Service Act, 1970 (Act 350), state that:

1. It shall be misconduct for a police officer to engage in any activity outside his official duties which is likely to involve him in political controversy or to lead to his taking improper advantage of his position in the Police Service.

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2. Regulation 82(1) (c) of the Police Service Regulations, 2012 (C.I 76) which states that: “It is a major offence for an officer to engage in an activity outside official duties which is likely to “Involve the officer in political controversy or lead to the officer taking improper advantage of that officer’s position in the service,” the report said.

However, Samuel Atta Akyea has a different view that according to him will be published in due course.

The committee was responsible for investigating the leaked audio recording that captured high-ranking police officials conspiring with former New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Northern Regional Chairman, Bugri Naabu, to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP) from office.

In the leaked audio, the police officers criticized the IGP for being overly professional and resistant to their attempts to influence him.

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