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Scandal-prone Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, has reportedly escalated onto radio, an ongoing jostle within the top brass of the Service for a successor to the Constabulary’s outgoing Inspector General.
The CID boss is reported to have done a small pitch for herself as worthy successor to IGP David Asante Appeatu on Accra based Atinka FM on Saturday. Appeatu retires in three months as a contract extension draws to close.
In the background of Mr. Apeatu’s twilight days are some ten Commissioners who are next in line for the job, with only President Akufo-Addo’s choice making as the barrier for whoever will become Ghana’s 29th IGP.
The list of worthy contenders includes, COP Maxwell Sakipasgo Atingane, Commandant staff and command college-Winneba, COP Prosper Agblor, Director-General, Legal and Prosecution, COP Beatrice Zakpaa Vib-Sanziri, Director- General of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau (PIPS) and COP/Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, the Director-General in charge of Welfare.
Others are, COP/ Christian Tetteh Yohuno, Director-General, Motor Transport Traffic Department, COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, Director-General in charge of Research and Planning, COP Akuribah Yaagy, Director-General National Patrols, COP David Ampah-Bennin, Director-General for Special Duties, and COP Ken Yeboah Director-General in charge of Administration.
COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department, is one of the freshest Commissioners having only recently been promoted by President Akufo-Addo in what many see as cringe-worthy jump.
Ahead of the President’s choice making, it is reported that a serious jostle has ensued with some of the Commissioners falling over one another to catch the President’s eye.
Apparently, for COP Addo-Danquah, the internal jostle was not enough and so she granted an interview on radio and stated that she was very qualified and ready for the job. Playing the gender card, she said she would be proud to be the first female IGP in the history of Ghana.
Of all the Commissioners however, COP Nathan Kofi Boakye, a man with a reputation of steel who is popular for bringing a heavy muscle on armed robbery in Accra that largely doused a wave of the crime in the national capital during the Mills era, is seen by many as the most richly deserving of the elevation to the position of IGP.
Kofi Boakye’s meritorious service had led to former President Mahama sending him to Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, to tackle another wave of armed robbery in that region.
However, President Akufo-Addo has been perceived by many as a Head of State who has politicized the security agencies, and may therefore appoint Tiwaa Addo Danquah as IGP because of the CID boss’ poppy-like loyalty to the President.
This is the same Tiwaa Addo Danquah who was caught on tape covering up corruption at Korlebu to save the President embarrassment. Readers would recall that in 2017, then DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo-Danquah was the chief investigator in a case of alleged corruption at the premier Teaching Hospital involving two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Asenso and Abu Jinapor.
Kwame Aare Obeng, alias A-Plus, a member of the ruling NPP who had alleged theft against Asenso and Jinapor had been impressed on in a phone conversation, by Tiwaa Addo Danquah to let the matter go since if investigation was continued into it, the President would be embarrassed.
A-Plus, had deviously recorded the conversation and when regime actors started branding him as a liar, he played it to the public. The case has since become a foolish one and President Akufo-Addo has since hurriedly promoted Tiwaa to COP.
Many believe the promotion was reward for Tiwaa’s loyalty and that the President is more than willing to top it up with the ultimate Police job.
Already, vibes from the Jubilee House is that the President is looking to appoint the first female IGP for Ghana. This places Tiwaa in pole position to become the next IGP because even though Tiwaa is one of two female Commissioners in the race to succeed Asante Appeatu, COP Beatrice Zakpaa Vib-Sanziri, is due for retirement this year.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana