Friday, 22 September

IGP leaked tape: National Security Minister refuses to hand NIB findings to committee

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Mr Albert Kan -Dapaah, National Security Minister

The National Security Minister, Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, has declined to share the findings of the National Investigation Bureau (NIB) with the ad hoc committee responsible for investigating the leaked tape involving certain serving officers and the former Northern Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party, Mr Daniel Bugri Naabu, allegedly conspiring to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP) from office.

Mr Kan-Dapaah cited the potential dire consequences for National Security as the reason behind his refusal to disclose the NIB's findings. 

He emphasised that the NIB's report is classified and should not be handled casually.

This revelation about the Minister's decision came to light during the closed-door hearings conducted by the ad hoc committee, chaired by Mr Samuel Atta Kyea on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

He said the sector minister declined to share the findings because it was not declassified.

The chairman of the ad-hoc committee made this known at a media briefing after the closed-door meeting with the National Security Minister.

He said the committee had acquired both the original and doctored versions of the video.

The chairman said the decision to conduct these closed-door sessions followed the IGP's previous opportunity to present his side of the story, which occurred a day earlier. 

Originally, the committee had intended to continue with confidential hearings for the second round of witness testimonies, including that of Dr George Akuffo Dampare's, which commenced on September 12.

However, there was a shift in the proceedings when the committee granted the IGP's request to address certain matters in a public hearing. This allowed previous witnesses to be present during his testimony as he responded to the allegations against him.

Dr Akuffo Dampare expressed his frustration during the proceedings, asserting that baseless allegations had been made against him, and he questioned the fairness of the process.

On September 13, the committee conducted an in-camera session with Daniel Bugri Naabu, the former Northern Region Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who was the committee's first witness.

Upcoming witnesses scheduled to appear before the committee include the Minister of National Security and the Naamong chief.

The proceedings have been adjourned to October 3, 2023.

Source: Classfmonline.com/cecil Mensah