Samuel Atta-Akyea, chair of the Committee looking into the tape that was leaked and shows a plot to oust Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, has refuted accusations that he is biased.
This came about after Mr. Kwame Gyan, the IGP’s attorney, accused him of bias.
Mr. Atta-Akyea’s management of the committee’s affairs has been a source of contention for Mr. Gyan since the beginning of the proceedings.
Mr. Gyan objected to the presence of COP Alex Mensah and Superintendent Asare, who had testified against the IGP, and asked that they be asked to leave when it was his client’s turn to speak before the committee.
Despite the suggestion made by James Agalga, the committee’s ranking member, Mr. Atta Akyea objected to the protest. However, Atta-Akyea denied the accusation.
The Akim Abuakwa South Member of Parliament spoke to the media on October 10 after the committee’s closed-door hearing. He said, “It is very disappointing for anybody to say I am biased. On the contrary, the generality of Ghanaians believe that I have steered the affairs of the committee well.
“If anybody is having jitters, that I am going to manufacture evidence against the IGP, it does not accord with common sense.
“Because what we are doing here is being recorded, so, Atta Akyea with whatever dexterity will not be able to improve upon the evidence,” he stressed adding that he was leading a fact-finding committee, whose proceedings were being recorded and transcribed.”
The primary goal of the committee is to look into the information on the tape that was leaked, which is said to contain conversations about the removal of the IGP between three senior police officers and a politician. Their alleged motivation was the IGP’s opposition to the planned election rigging in 2024.
According to the tape, the IGP was obedient to former President John Dramani Mahama, who had promised to keep him in his position.