The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is expected to take up and conduct an independent probe into the thievery and corruption allegation against Ghana’s deputy chiefs of staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor.
A youth-oriented group, the Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana (DYMOG), have petitioned CHRAJ to take up the case following the controversy that has characterized a police investigation and subsequent revelation of a possible cover-up by the Police CID.
Controversial musician Kwame Asare Obeng (A-Plus) leveled allegations of corruption against Mr. Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor but the Police CID on September 18 dismissed the claims against the two deputy chiefs of staff.
The police claimed “the allegation of corruption was found to be baseless, unsubstantiated and without credibility” after what it described as comprehensive investigations into the matter, details of which are yet to be made public.
A section of Ghanaians cast doubt over the work of the Police CID and just when the dust on the matter was settling, a leaked tape between A-Plus and the deputy Police CID boss, ACP Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah emerged on which the latter appeared to suggest a cover up in the matter.
“…As for the corruption allegation aspect of it, from what you said and what we have gone to confirm, you wouldn’t be too far from right to say that this is what happened but we need to manage…the people are your people….” the Police officer was heard to have said on the tape.
But ACP Mrs. Addo-Danquah issued a statement Thursday to discredit the leaked audiotape, claiming it was doctored with the ultimate intention to damage her reputation as a form of revenge by A-Plus.
According to the Police CID deputy director, A-Plus on September 19 called and texted her to disagree with the findings contained in the police report and “threatened to put my voice in the public domain because the team had insulted him by saying the allegation was baseless”.
The latest twists in the matter, according to DYMOG, form enough grounds for CHRAJ to conduct an independent probe into the matter that has since generated headlines and calls by some, for the Police officer to be relieved of her post, hence the petition.
“DYMOG is of the firm believe that, the emergence of the leaked tape has made it necessary for an independent body to conduct full fledged investigations into this matter,” the petition signed by its Executive Convener, Edward Tutor read.
The group holds the credibility of the Ghana Police Service “is in possible tatters so far as the emergence of this tape is concerned.
It added “the authenticity of the final investigations report released earlier by the CID, which cleared Mr. Asenso Boakye and Mr. Abu Jinapor is in a state of immense and intense incredulity”.
Consequently, the group wants CHRAJ to among others establish whether the claims by A-Plus are true, whether the investigations of the Police CID on the matter are a true reflection of what transpired and whether the voices A Plus) a.
The group said an independent investigation by CHRAJ addressing the issues raised in their petition would bring clarity and finality to the matter, and assured the Commission of the group’s cooperation