DSP Azugu withdrawn from National Security and Reassigned – Interior Minister

Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, has disclosed that the police officer who was at the center of the violence which characterized the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election, has been withdrawn from the Ministry of National Security and reassigned to within the Police Service.

The Minister made the disclosure on the Floor of Parliament on Thursday, July 8, 2021 in an answer to a question filed by the Honorable Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ashaiman constituency, Ernest Henry Norgbey, who wanted to know why the Police Officer was still at post.

“The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samuel Kojo Azugu has since 27th May, 2021 been recalled by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) from the Ministry of National Security and duly reassigned within the Ghana Police Service,” the Minister disclosed.

The Emile Short Commission which was set up to investigate the Ayawaso West Wuogon brouhaha recommended the revocation of the secondment of DSP Azugu to the Ministry of National Security as the Head of the SWAT Team after he was indicted for unprofessional conduct. According to the report, it was DSP Azugu’s unprofessional conduct that led to the intense violence recorded during the by-elections which landed some people in hospitalize and a slap on an MP.

Despite the recommendations DSP Azugu remained at the National Security Ministry until recently where he was again cited in another incident of brutality involving the arrest and manhandling of two journalists in Accra for allegedly filming cars at a restricted security zone.

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Source: Clement Akoloh || parliamentnews360.com

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