COP George Alex Mensah: Superintendent George Asare Not a Personal Friend in IGP Ousting Plot

The Director General of Operations for the Ghana Police Service, COP George Alex Mensah, clarified his relationship with Superintendent George Asare, who is allegedly involved in a plot to remove the Inspector General of Police (IGP). COP Mensah revealed that he knows Superintendent Asare only on a professional level, having worked together in Accra but not as personal friends.

COP George Alex Mensah stated, “Asare worked under me as a regional police commander in Accra, so he knows me, and I know him. But he is not a friend that we meet outside of work and do things. No, but he knows me, and I know him.”

He appeared before Parliament’s committee tasked with investigating the alleged plot to oust the IGP, providing insight into how he became involved. According to COP Mensah, he was invited by Daniel Bugri Naabu, a former Northern Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who recorded the controversial conversation.

COP Mensah explained, “My going to Mr. Bugri Naabu was through his own invitation, and the purpose was that the probability that they’re going to change the IGP is high, and they’re looking for somebody who can do the job and do it well.”

He further revealed that Superintendent George Asare had recommended him to Bugri Naabu as a suitable candidate for the position of IGP due to his good work and diligence.

“My impression was that yes, he was scouting for a new IGP,” COP Mensah recalled.

During the investigation, Daniel Bugri Naabu admitted to recording the conversation about the proposed plot to remove the IGP. He claimed that he did so to safeguard the interests of the NPP and intended to forward the tape to President Akufo-Addo for action. However, the tape was leaked to the public, sparking controversy.

The parliamentary committee, chaired by Samuel Atta-Akyea, Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South, is tasked with investigating both the authenticity of the leaked tape and the allegations surrounding it. The committee is expected to submit its report on September 10.

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