Gov’t glorifies DSP Azugu, Col. Opoku, others for Canadian girls rescue

DSP Azugu at the press briefing[/caption] The Government of Ghana has expressed gratitude its security agencies, specifically the Ghana Police Service and National Security for leading an operation for the successful rescue of the two Canadian ladies who were kidnapped in Kumasi. Addressing a press briefing in Accra, Wednesday June 12, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, acknowledged the efforts of the Head of Operations at the National Security, Colonel Michael K. Opoku and Commander of the National Security SWAT team, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu, among others for being instrumental in the operation which is said to have lasted 25 minutes. “I want to say particular thanks to honorable Kan Dapaah, national security minister… DSP Azugu, Colonel Opoku who is not here, we want to say thank you to you, thank you to the SWAT team for the kind of work you have been putting up, thank you”, he said. DSP Azugu in the past few months was under the spotlight for his involvement in the Ayawaso West-Wuogon by-election violence and his subsequent appearance before the Emile Short Commission. His submissions before the Short Commission regarding the use of masks by the SWAT team which he commanded at the bloody Ayawaso West-Wuogon by-election stirred a controversy in the public spaces. Though the Short Commission report which was presented to the president is yet to be made public, media reports suggested the commission recommended that DSP Azugu be removed from office and Col. Opoku reprimanded.

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Government has however said it will not be coerced to make public the report but remained silent on the purported recommendations of the commission. By|Ghana]]>