Opposition Member of Parliament for South Dayi District, Hon. Rockson Etse Dadeamekpor has called for investigations into the criminal activities that the embattled Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, DCOP Ayensu Opare Addo is alleged to be involved in.
After the humiliating removal of DCOP Ayensu from office by suspected members of the vigilante group, Delta Forces, the National Security boss, Major General Francis Adu Amanfo revealed that he [DCOP Ayensu] is involved in criminal activities. This, he said, is one of the reasons why DCOP Ayensu’s expired contract was not renewed.
“The bottom line of all of this is that Opare Addo had a contract with National Security and for four years he was the regional liaison for the National Security. His term of the contract has expired. It was not renewed because of non-performance and his own criminal activities,” Maj. Gen. Amanfo said in an engagement with the media.
However, the criminal allegation against the retired senior police officer, according to Hon. Dafeamekpor should be investigated.
“The second, the allegation that DCOP Opare Addo was engaged in criminal activities as stated unequivocally by Major General Francis Adu Amado (retd) needs serious investigations. That a security coordinator who occupies office to superintend and deal with criminal conducts, is himself alleged to be involved in criminal activities, is a serious issue that cannot be swept under the carpet,” part of Mr. Dafeamekpor’s press release intercepted by GhanaVanguard.com reads.
Read below the full press release
END THE IMPUNITY NOW: PUNISH THOSE WHO CRIMINALLY ASSAULTED DCOP OPARE ADDO
The Rambo-style removal of the Ashanti Regional Security Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Opare Addo from office on Monday, raises a serious concern on the path this nation is headed in the face of increased impunity even with the existence of the Vigilantism and other related Offences Act, 2019 (Act999).
It is important to recount similar incidents in the past. The nation, in the early months of 2017, witnessed the assault on ASP Nanka Bruce by vigilante members at the Flagstaff House of which not a single individual was punished. There was a similar operation in the same office resulting in these same group invading then Regional Security Coordinator’s office, assaulted and removed him from office. A Circuit Court in Kumasi was invaded by members of the same Delta Forces to free some of their members who were standing trial. In the end, they were fined paltry sums of money which was paid for by some financiers within the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In the recent case, three critical accounts have so far been given in the midst of debate on his removal in the manner it happened. DCOP Opare Addo revealed to the public that he was assaulted, handcuffed and driven out of his office by members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) vigilante group, Delta Forces. He went further to confirm knowledge of these operatives because according to him, he had worked with them since assuming office after his predecessor was removed from office in a similar fashion.
Subsequently, the National Communications Director of the NPP, Yaw Buaben Asamoa, gave the clearest indication that the operation at the office of the Regional Security Coordinator had the backing of the State. He further revealed that the operation was necessitated by the refusal of the DCOP to leave office after his retirement.
Thirdly, the National Security Coordinator, Major General (Rtd) Francis Adu Amado revealed that the Regional Coordinator was engaged in criminal activities leading to his removal from office.
From the foregoing, two issues stand out which need further probe. The first, is the allegation that the operation was carried out by members of the Delta Forces, a vigilante group that is obviously operating in breach of ACT 999, needs investigated and punitive measures taken to deter others. The government cannot pass laws and watch unconcerned the perpetuation of illegalities because those involved are aligned to it.
The second, the allegation that DCOP Opare Addo was engaged in criminal activities as stated unequivocally by Major General Francis Adu Amado (retd) needs serious investigations. That a security coordinator who occupies office to superintend and deal with criminal conducts, is himself alleged to be involved in criminal activities, is a serious issue that cannot be swept under the carpet.
These two allegations demand open, truthful and transparent enquiry in order to lay the issues to rest. It is expected that the outcome of the investigations would be implemented to the latter should they come out to confirm wrongdoing.
Rockson-Nelson E.K. Dafeamekpor, Esq.
Member: Public Accounts; Const, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs & Standing Orders Committees;
Parliament of Ghana.