Police reassignment Police administration refutes political motives for reshuffles

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, on Wednesday announced sweeping transfers of officers from the police headquarters and district commands to other command centers.

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The Ghana Police Service has denied any political motives in its recent reassignment of some 90 senior officers ahead of the 2016 election.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor, on Wednesday announced sweeping transfer of officers from the police headquarters and district commands to other command centers.

The transfer has come under criticism from a section of the public, saying it is politically motivated.

The Nima Divisional Police Commander, ACP Nuhu Alhassan Jango has been moved to the Eastern Region as a 2i/c. Supt. Gladys Mpere of the Osu District Command has been reassigned to the Madina District Command. Supt. Victoria Yamoah of the Kwabenya District is now headed to the MTTD, Tarkwa Division in the Western Region to head the department. ACP Peter Gyimah of the Community Policing Unit in the Ashanti Region is heading the Wenchi Divisional Commander. ACP Martin Ayiih of the Adenta Division has been transferred to the Hohoe Divisional Command in the Volta Region.

In November 2015, 29 officers were reassigned, he also transferred 61 officers in January 2016. May 2016, also saw him transfer 80 officers were reassigned in a similar shake-up. Overall the IGP has made 260 changes in his ten-month administration.

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However, the Director of Police Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, has rejected the accusations. According to him, such claims are not cogent.

He said: “I reject, I debunk it and I call on people who hear such information to throw them into the dustbin. They are not cogent. They don’t make any reason. Then I don’t know whether anybody would say that he doesn’t know that for the police we do regular transfers. And it is for efficiency seek."

According to him, “if it is for the purpose of the election, and  the aim is to ensure a peaceful, a successful, a fair and all the positives about the elections and so what?

“And I see no reason anybody would want to raise any hue and cry over this."

He also urged the public to stop reading meanings into every decision in the police service.

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