Some members of the NDC are calling for the removal of DCOP Kofi Boakye as the Ashanti regional police commander.
A leading member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Alhassan Tapsoba, has condemned what he says is an attempt by some known activist of the party in the Ashanti Region to put impediments in the way of the Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, from executing his duties.
Though DCOP Kofi Boakye’s strict adherence to duty and his resolve to apply the rules without fear or favour in fighting crime in the region have attracted several commendations from the public, as well as high authorities, including the President and the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, some activists, allegedly connected to the ruling party have mounted campaign to discredit the Police Boss.
Posters have in recent times flooded some parts of the city, ostensibly calling for the removal of DCOP Kofi Boakye, in the wake of the dismissal of the former Regional Minister, Hon. Samuel Sarpong and his deputy, Joseph Yamin, few weeks ago.
It is not clear how the dismissal of the two personalities were linked to the Police Boss, but the posters, which are also embossed on some vehicles belonging to individuals linked to the NDC, have inscriptions like: “Kofi Boakye Must Also Go”, accompanied by a portrait of the President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama.
But the development has been condemned by the former Deputy National Coordinator of GYEEDA, Alhaji Tapsoba, who has thrown his support behind the Police Boss, encouraging him to perform his duties without any fear or favour.
Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview, Alhaji Tapsoba said those calling for the removal of the Regional Police Commander are either ill-informed or do not know the difference between public service and political appointments.
“We must know that the Police Service is purely non-partisan and personnel there are required to perform their duties without consideration to any political party.
“Governments will go and come but he police will also be there, their duty is to protect the citizenry and ensure law and order. It is absolutely unacceptable to frustrate any police officer from executing his or her duty,” Alhaji Tapsoba, who also heads Regional Security of the NDC noted.
The former GYEEDA Boss observed that the action of the NDC activists is inimical to the development and progress of the ruling party, adding that it has the tendency to affect the party’s quest to secure one million votes in the region.
“We should know that security has no party consideration. If an armed robber comes to attack you, he or she does not ask of your party affiliation. Beside that it is only when people live in peace and safety that they can go to the polls in December 2016 and vote for us,” he noted.
Source: The Chronicle