Police disassociation from DCOP Waabu’s remarks “strange”, says Mahama

John Mahama
John Mahama

NDC Presidential Candidate John Dramani Mahama has come to the defence of DCOP Gabriel Prince Waabu, who recently commented on the role of the police in election security during a panel discussion earlier this week.

The former President finds it strange that the police disassociated itself from the remarks, which emphasized the sole responsibility of the police for election security in the upcoming 2024 polls.

The Ghana Police Service, through a press release, labelled DCOP Waabu’s comments as “unfortunate” and “unfounded,” asserting that they did not represent the official position of the police. The statement reiterated the collaborative nature of election security, as outlined in the National Election Security Architecture.

Reacting to the development Mr Mahama insisted that internal disciplinary measures against the senior officer were unjustified. He was speaking at an event marking the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Centenary of Islamic revival in Ghana at Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region.

“The Ghana Police Service is responsible for the task force that ensures the elections are peaceful, and they invite their sister security services to participate. So, if somebody says election security is the baby of the police service, it’s true. It is their primary responsibility,” Mahama clarified.

Mahama took the opportunity to advocate for justice in preventing electoral violence, citing incidents such as those in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.



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