Former President John Dramani Mahama has pledged to get rid of any form of political influence that prevents the Ghana Police Service from performing their duties.
The former President blamed Akufo-Addo administration of weakening the country’s state institutions to the extent that they only do the bidding of the government.
His comments come on the back of a directive issued by the Greater Accra Police Command, admonishing its personnel not to attend a durbar organized by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to commemorate one year of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election violence.
An alleged internal memo making rounds on social media stated “indeed all police officers within the region must dissociate themselves from the event” and warned that any police officer found at the event will be “severely sanctioned”.
In reaction to this at the durbar, the NDC flagbearer said the directive clearly suggests the Service is not operating with a mind of its own.
Mr Mahama assured that should he be re-elected after being voted out in 2016, in a historic defeat, he will work to ensure that the lost integrity of the police service is fully restored.
“If people are demonstrating or manifesting because of a certain reason and the police provide security does it mean the police are associating with the reason for which the demonstration is taking place? And so when he says he must dissociate themselves from the event or face severe sanctions, which professional police officer will send a message like this? It shows the bastardization of the institutions of state that have taken place under this NPP administration, of course NDC is coming, when they come they will reform the police service.
“And so I read this notice and I felt sad and I believe that our police officers must remember that their dedication and duty is to the state and the constitution and in everything they do they must be neutral and non-partisan. It’s a very sorry date for the police service to issue a command like this asking all security personnel, one not to provide security for the event and to dissociate themselves from the event, it means they shouldn’t do anything to associate themselves with the event in this constituency, I feel very sad,” he noted.
He added, “But I promise that we will take action when they come into office to restore the confidence of the people of Ghana in the police service. The motto of the service is service with integrity and we will work to restore the integrity of the Ghana police service.”