Bonaa welcomes IGP’s initiative to replace officers who die in line of duty with their children

A Security Expert, Dr Adams Bonaa has welcomed the initiative by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr George Akuffo Dampare to replace Police officers who die in line of duty with their children.

The IGP said while delivering a lecture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Thursday August 11, as part of measures to “pacify” officers who die in line of duty, their “qualified” relative will be given the opportunity to replace them in the Ghana Police Service.

Welcoming the news while speaking on TV3’s Mid day news with Komla Adom on Friday August 12, Dr Bonaa noted that Ghana has been witnessing situations where families of police officers are thrown out of their bungalows unprepared immediately their beloved officer dies.

Hence “so I think it is a very good policy.”

On the issue of the Police service being the most corrupt institution in Ghana, the IGP, Dr Dampare further insisted that it is not the situation.

He said he finds the methodology adopted by researchers who come to the conclusion that the service is the most corrupt, problematic.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) together with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and other partners conducted a survey on people’s views and experiences on corruption in Ghana and it found that the Ghana Police Service came top of the list of bribe takers.

Dissatisfied with the report, the IGP, Dr Dampre wrote demanding explanations as to how the research arrived at that conclusion and in parts, casting aspersions on the credibility of the research.  

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The IGP in his letter pointed out what in his view are anomalies which could have affected the results of the survey, and concluded that the survey could be accurate.

“It is our considered view that the research and its findings are heavily challenged and corrupted from both the academic and practice point of view”, part of the IGP’s read.

Dr Dampare reiterated his position that the Police service is not the most corrupt institution in Ghana although he admitted that there are a few bad elements in the service.

“They say we are corrupt, a problem identified has the solution. We have never said that there are not a couple of people who are doing things in a currupt way tarnishing the image of the service, we have never said that.

“We are doing all what we can to handle it but we will never accept the tag that we are the lead corrupt institution, it is unfounded because all those researches, I have challenged the methodologies. At the appropriate time we will respond to them but we will also be working at the things that people over the years are using against us and make us feel so uncomfortable when it comes to the issue of corruption.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana