IGP fires back at John Mahama, debunks his police bribery allegation

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The Police Administration on Monday debunked assertions being peddled by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama that  officers were being bribed to vote for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“I have received information that officers are being bribed with GH¢1,000.00 to vote for the NPP… If you have performed, you would not be paying to be voted for,” former President Mahama alleged.

But the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said those assertions were palpably false, unfounded and calculated to denigrate the Police Service.

He explained that the monies given to the officers were their election duty allowances, which, hitherto, were paid after the officers had completed their election assignment, sometimes affecting their morale in the performance of that special national duty.

Mr. Oppong Boanuh said those monies were now being paid directly into the officers’ accounts, unlike previous times when they were paid on tabletops, which could be subject to abuse and other challenges.

He said the monies were basically Gh¢100.00 a day for five days and that the extra Gh¢100.00, which made up the total of Gh¢600.00, was intended to be used by the officers to sew their uniforms, for which the cloth had been distributed to them.

Mr. Oppong Boanuh said all officers were expected to, without any excuse, be in the traditional police uniforms.

He said the monies given to them were therefore nothing than the routine duty allowance and not what Mr. Mahama and his cohorts are saying, adding that there was a similar disbursement during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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