The former director general (technical) of the Ghana Police Service, COP George Alex Mensah, has accused the national police chief IGP George Akuffo Dampare of engineering the secret recording of a conversation he had with a politician.
A committee of Parliament is investigating a leaked tape concerning discussions about the possible removal of the IGP by three police officers including COP Mensah and the former northern regional chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Daniel Bugri Naabu.
Appearing before the Atta Akyea-led committee, COP Mensah claimed that his “intelligence” reveals that IGP Dampare assigned some people to record the conversation in the Osu office of Naabu.
“My intel suggests that what was used to tape the conversation was done by the current IGP,” COP Mensah said on his second appearance before the committee in Parliament on Friday (1 September). “He sent people to do it and after which he went for it. He caused it to be leaked.”
“If this committee wants the tape, the right person to call before this committee is the IGP,” he added.
COP Mensah said he can provide evidence to his claim in-camera.
According to him, he regrets having such sensitive conversation with the NPP bigwig, adding that: “I thought I was speaking to a well-respected confidential friend but I didn’t know I was speaking to such a person.”
I did the recording, says Naabu
Meanwhile, appearing before the committee on Monday (28 August), Naabu revealed that he did the recording of the leaked tape.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, set up the committee for a thorough forensic audit to be carried out to unravel those behind the tape.