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Leaked tape: It’s unfair for Dampare’s accusers to be present at testimony – Lawyer to c’ttee

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IGP and his lawyer

The lead counsel for the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Kwame Gyan, has raised an objections to the presence of the three police officers implicated in the leaked audiotape discussing the removal of the IGP during the IGP's testimony before a parliamentary committee investigating the issue.

The three officers in question are COP Alex Mensah, Superintendent George Asare, and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi.

They were present when the IGP was providing his evidence today, Tuesday, 12 September 2023.

Kwame Gyan argued that during the testimonies of the three officers, the IGP was not present and, thus, contended that it would be unfair and unjust for the individuals who had made unsubstantiated allegations against his client to be present when it was the IGP's turn to testify.

He requested that the three police officers be asked to leave the hearing during the IGP's testimony.

COP Mensah had accused Dr. Dampare of being the worst IGP in Ghana's history during his appearance before the committee.

Superintendent Asare also hinted that he had more to reveal but wished to do so in a closed-door session.

The leaked audio had revealed these officers conspiring with the Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bugri Naabu, to allegedly remove Dr. George Akuffo Dampare from his position as IGP.

The audio leak is what has led to the formation of a committee to investigate the alleged plot.

However. Committee Chair Samuel Atta Akyea, explained to Mr Gyan that the IGP's presence was initially unnecessary because he had done nothing wrong.

He, nonetheless, added that the IGP's testimony was now needed per the law of natural justice, so he could get the opportunity to respond to the allegations made against him.

In his view, the three accusers of the IGP needed to be present for the sake of the next stage of the committee hearing.

Source: Classfmonline.com/Emmanuel Mensah