Superintendent George L. Asare, the third Police Officer implicated in the purported attempt to depose Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Inspector General of Police, claims that Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, the former Northern Regional Chairperson of the New Patriotic Party, has spread lies against him.
Superintendent Asare spoke before the seven-member bipartisan Committee investigating the leaked recording on Monday at Parliament House, telling the Committee that some of the words attributed to him were inventions of Mr Naabu and not directly from him.
Superintendent Asare stated that he went to Mr Naabu’s office on his invitation after the former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Northern Regional Chairman informed him that the government was seeking for a new Inspector General of Police (IGP) and asked for suggestions.
“I went to Mr Naabu’s office on his invitation,” he explained. He informed me that the government was seeking for a new IGP and asked for recommendations, to which I responded by naming three officers: COP Alex Mensah, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, and Christian Tetteh Yuhuno.”
“Our visit to the office occurred at the request of Chief Bugri Naabu; I did not arrange for any meetings,” he explained.
Mr Naabu also the Paramount Chief of Namong in the North East Region in the Mamprugu Kingdom on Monday, August 28, 2023, during his public hearing by the Committee cited three Police officers as engaging in the plot conversation.
Three Police officers, Commissioner of Police, George Alex Mensah, Superintendent George L. Asare and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi Mr Naabu, as the trio he engaged in the conversation with at his office in Osu.
A leaked audio tape apparently featuring a Police Commissioner and a politician discussing a scheme to remove IGP Dampare from office emerged on Tuesday, July 11, 2023.
Consequently, the Minority Caucus in Parliament called for a probe into the leaked tape.
Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament therefore on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, constituted a seven-member bi-partisan Committee to probe into the secret recording of an alleged plot to remove Dr Dampare, IGP from office ahead of the 2024 general election.
The Committee, which has up to September 10, 2023, to report back to the House is made up of three members each from the Majority and Minority sides of Parliament, and a technical person.
The committee is chaired by Mr Samuel Atta Akyea, an NPP Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South with Mr James Agalga, a National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Builsa North as the Vice-Chairman.
It has Mr Patrick Yaw Boamah, NPP MP for Okaikwei Central; Madam Ophelia Mensah, NPP MP for Mfantseman; Mr Eric Opoku, NDC MP for Asunafo South and Mr Peter Lanchene Tuobu, NDC MP for Wa West as members of the Committee.
While Dr Isaac Lartey Annang, a lawyer and a human rights activist, is a technical person appointed by Mr Bagbin.