IGP George Akuffo Dampare was mentioned in a leaked audio recording, and Samuel Atta Akyea, a member of parliament for Abuakwa South and the head of the parliamentary committee looking into the matter, has questioned the veracity of the tape.
On September 13, 2023, In Accra, Ghana, Atta Akyea expressed his opinion during a press briefing.
Atta Akyea claims that the leaked recording, which has been making the rounds on social media, seems to be a shortened version of a longer conversation. He mentioned that Daniel Bugri Naabu, the former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, had provided a newer, more comprehensive tape to the committee.
“It seems to be the case because the second tape is a long conversation,” citinewsroom quoted Atta Akyea as having said.
The leaked tape in question has been a topic of extensive discussion and debate. Bugri Naabu had previously affirmed the tape’s authenticity during his testimony before the committee.
The leaked audio features a conversation between Bugri Naabu and three high-ranking police officers—COP Alex Mensah, Superintendent George Asare, and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi—discussing a plot to remove the IGP with the alleged intention of aiding the NPP in rigging the 2024 elections.
During his appearance before the committee on Tuesday, IGP Dampare vehemently denied the allegations made against him by the implicated police officers.
He emphasized that these accusations had caused significant distress to his family. Furthermore, Dampare refuted claims that he was involved in secretly recording the conversations of the three officers.
Also, the IGP denied claims that he had regular contact with John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer for the opposition party, calling the claims upsetting to his family.
Albert Kan Dapaah, the minister of national security, and Kwame Gyan, the attorney for the inspector general of police, met behind closed doors on Wednesday with the parliamentary committee in charge of looking into the audio that was released.
Together with their solicitors, the three senior police officers who were mentioned in the covert recording attended this hearing behind closed doors.