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Police interdicts COP Mensah, Supt. Asare, and Supt. Gyebi in connection with leaked IGP recording

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Police interdicts COP Mensah, Supt. Asare & Supt. Gyebi over leaked IGP tape

Chief Superintendent (COP) Alex Mensah, Superintendent (Supt.) George Asare and Superintendent Emmanuel Eric Gyebi have all been arrested by the Police Service.

The move follows the distribution of a purportedly leaked audio tape featuring conversations concerning the ouster of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The leaked tape, which has been widely shared on social media and other platforms, allegedly contains conversations between three senior police officers discussing plans and strategies for the potential removal of the current IGP with Bugri Naabu, the former Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP.

According to a police memo issued on Thursday, “the Police Service has interdicted Commissioner Mr George Alex Mensah, Superintendent Mr Emmanuel Eric Gyebi, and Superintendent Mr George Lysander Asare in connection with the audio tape that has become the subject of a parliamentary investigation.”

“The interdiction is to make way for disciplinary proceedings into their conduct in line with Police Service regulations.”

COP Mensah accused the IGP, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, of mismanaging the Police Service during his appearance before the legislative committee.

He asserted that the IGP’s leadership had resulted in a drop in police personnel morale.

COP Mensah also acknowledged to being active in politics and working for a political party, though he did not specify which one.

His remarks echo similar sentiments mentioned in the leaked audio, in which he can be heard declaring that the IGP must be eliminated in order for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to win the 2024 elections.

COP Mensah, on the other hand, strenuously denied the tape’s validity, stating that it had been doctored and did not adequately depict the actual discussion with Daniel Bugri Naabu.

Supt Asare also stated that sections of the tape had been doctored and accused the IGP of planning the audio recording when he spoke before the committee.

However, the inquiry into the leaked audio took a new turn on Monday when a new tape surfaced.

This was revealed after COP George Mensah and Supt. George Asare testified that sections of the original audio in evidence had been doctored.

After Monday’s hearings, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee investigating the event, Samuel Atta Akyea, revealed this information to the media.

He indicated that based on the facts given, the committee will determine whether or not to convene an in-camera session.

The Chairman went on to say that the committee would listen to the recording and study the transcript to figure out what to do next.

He also stated that they may summon all stakeholders and their attorneys to a hearing for cross-examination and cross-firing.

However, the committee will be wary of the consequences for national security and may arrange an in-camera hearing for sensitive issues.

“We have the benefit of a tape, on the assumption that it’s authentic. Members of the committee will have to listen to the tape and read the transcript, which will give us ideas on what to do next. First of all, do we bring all the stakeholders together with their lawyers for cross-examination and cross-firing to take place while listening attentively? And then, after they have finished, will we have our turn?”

“And then, are there matters which should not come into the public domain because of national security implications? So we will hold a long in-house or in-camera hearing, and then we will make some sense of it. This is how we are going to proceed. We will be guided strongly by the fact that this is not a simple exercise and that not everything should be fed to the public.”

The meeting has been adjourned indefinitely as the committee considers the next steps. The discovery of a new recording has added an intriguing twist to the inquiry.

The public is waiting with bated breath for the verdict since there are national security issues to consider.

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9 killed, several others injured in an accident at Ho

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Officials at the Ho Teaching Hospital said that 32 people were admitted for injuries incurred, with 9 dying as a result of their injuries. Amos Jah, the Public Relations Officer of Ho Teaching Hospital, said that the injured patients are receiving medical attention and making progress in their rehabilitation.

A terrible accident occurred at the base of Galenkui Mountain in Ho, claiming the lives of nine people, including babies.

The terrifying occurrence occurred as a 207 Benz was transporting goods and passengers from Abotoase to Sogakofe.

The car encountered brake failure while descending the mountain, culminating in a collision with a Zoomlion garbage truck.

Initial reports verified seven fatalities at the disaster scene, including newborns and children.

Following that, Mary Dzifa, a nurse at Ho Municipal Hospital, informed Citi News that roughly ten children had died in the disaster.

“I was at our facility yesterday, November 22, when a car rushed in with dead and injured children and injured adults, especially men. Some were attended to at the facility, and the rest who were severely injured were taken to the Ho Teaching Hospital. The dead children will be about 10.”

Officials at the Ho Teaching Hospital said that 32 people were admitted for injuries incurred, with 9 dying as a result of their injuries.

Amos Jah, the Public Relations Officer of Ho Teaching Hospital, said that the injured patients are receiving medical attention and making progress in their rehabilitation.

“I received a call from a friend yesterday who was going back to town and that he saw the accident, so I quickly informed the nurses to be on alert. Some were brought in with pickups, ambulance, tricycles; the situation was very bad, some had broken limbs, some heads almost being severed, some were bleeding from all parts of the body. After two hours, we were able to calm the situation down.”

“We had a total of 30 accident victims brought here. Two others were brought from the Municipal Hospital this morning, making it 32 in all. My information is that we lost 9 of them, 4 are kids and 5 are adults. For the kids, three were brought in dead. Those injured are responding to treatment.”

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This was avoidable – Bonaa on fatal clashes in Nkwanta

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The Oti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) will host an emergency security meeting today, Wednesday, November 22, in response to the Nkwanta riots. Regional Minister Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu, appearing on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 on Tuesday November 21, verified the number of dead and described the pandemonium as "ethnic clashes."

Dr Adam Bonaa, a security expert, has requested the Oti Regional Minister to restrict all public events in Nkwanta in response to the riots that have taken eight lives.

The fights, in his opinion, were avoidable.

“The Regional Minister and his men must make certain that this never happens again.” This was avoidable, yet 8 people died as a result,” he remarked on TV3’s Ghana Tonight on Tuesday, November 21.

He further suggested that “It is important to suspend all public activities that are likely to take place by the two factions, this is the surest way of letting them know that there is an authority within Nkwanta and the region.”

The Oti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) will host an emergency security meeting today, Wednesday, November 22, in response to the Nkwanta riots.

Regional Minister Joshua Gmayenaam Makubu, appearing on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 on Tuesday, November 21, verified the number of dead and described the pandemonium as “ethnic clashes.”

“Tomorrow we are going to have an emergency security meeting again, ” he further said.

He also disclosed that there had been conflicts in town two weeks earlier between members of two tribes, Adele and Akyode.

Following the conflicts, the Minister of the Interior, Ambrose Dery, acted on the advice of the REGSEC and via Executive Instrument to impose a curfew on Nkwanta township.

The curfew will be in force from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21.

On Tuesday, November 21, an attacker opened fire in the town’s central market area.

Several people have been murdered and others have been injured as a result of the incident.

The Oti Regional Security Council dispatched officers to the region to handle the situation.

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“Government wishes to appeal to all to exercise restraint and to use the established mechanisms for the resolution of all their conflicts and disputes.

“Meanwhile, the Government will like to reiterate that, there is a ban on all persons in Nkwanta Township and its environs from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapons and any persons found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted,” the Minister said.

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I never indicated my house was sold – Speaker of Parliament

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However, the Lands Commission claimed in a statement that "at no time did the Lands Commission sell the said property to a private developer." However, in a recent meeting with civil society organisations, the Speaker emphasised that his official house was on the verge of being turned over to a developer except for the intervention of the Lands Commission.

Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, has categorically rejected selling his official house to a private developer.

He then stated that his home was “almost sold” to a private developer.

The Speaker of Parliament recently revealed that his Accra home was sold to a private developer while he was still living there.

He said this only came to light when the developer went to the Lands Commission to register the land on Monday at the Speaker’s Breakfast Forum in Accra.

However, the Lands Commission claimed in a statement that “at no time did the Lands Commission sell the said property to a private developer.”

In a recent meeting with civil society organisations, the Speaker emphasised that his official house was on the verge of being turned over to a developer except for the intervention of the Lands Commission.

“I didn’t say my residence was sold. That was not what I said. This was just a comment in passing when I said it was almost sold but luckily, I was in possession. And I said it was when they went to Lands Commission that they realised from the search that it was the residence of the Speaker,” Alban Bagbin clarified.

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