Kwame Baffoe, alias Abronye, the Bono Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party, has explained his claims that the present Inspector General of Police, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has a personal vendetta against him.
Abronye was detained by the police on February 15, 2022, after he surrendered himself to the Accra Regional Command on the police’s invitation. He is facing criminal allegations of publishing false news and provocative behaviour.
After he failed to substantiate charges of a coup attempt against former President John Dramani Mahama, the police decided to arrest Abronye and arraign him in court the next day.
However, speaking to the media after being granted bail by an Accra Circuit Court on Thursday, Abronye claimed that his imprisonment by the police was at the request of the IGP, who has a personal vendetta against him.
The Regional Party Chairman expanded on his claims against the police commander in a later interview with Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen.
According to Abronye, the IGP attempted to win his support in 2019 when the position of IGP became vacant through a brother of the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong.
“I was there when Raf phoned, and I’ve known him for a long time. He contacted me and said we needed to chat, so I went to his house in Haatso on a Sunday, where the current IGP, who had not yet been appointed, sat. His argument was that the job of IGP had been empty for some time and that there was a rush to fill it. He was alluding to Oppong Boanuh when he said he knew I had a kinsman who would be competing with him but that he knew he wouldn’t be able to do the job of an IGP (Retired IGP, 2019-2021).
“He believed he could do the job better,” Abronye said on Ekosii Sen, “and knowing me as someone from the same region as Oppong-Boanuh, he wanted to fall on me to boost his chances so that he will also help me when he becomes the IGP.”
According to Abronye, he declined to support Dr. George Akuffo Dampare for IGP in 2019 because, in his opinion, Dr. Dampare was incompetent.
“I asked him a question,” Abronye said. “When J. B. Dankwa was murdered and he arrested Sexy Dondon, he held a press conference and stated during the press conference that Sexy Dondon and the other suspects had mentioned the names of some high-ranking officials who were involved in J. B. Dankwa’s murder.”
“He (Dr Dampare) claimed to know those high-ranking officials,” he continued, “but has failed to disclose their names up to date.”
Dr. Dampare’s failure to name the alleged authorities, according to Abronye, demonstrated that he was incompetent for the office of Inspector General.
According to the Regional Chairman, the IGP has held a grudge against him since their interaction in 2019 and has publicly exhibited disrespect for him since then.
“Ask if the IGP has ever reacted to my greetings when I encounter him after that incident?” I went to the police headquarters to meet him shortly after he became IGP, and when I welcomed him, he looked aside. He was deafeningly silent.”
“Because I stated he was inept because he failed to name the people involved in the J. B. Dankwa death,” Abronye continued.
Abronye, who stood by his accusation against former President Mahama, claimed that the IGP was bent on exaggerating the case in order to settle personal scores.
During the interview, he stated that the IGP had explicitly ordered his imprisonment on Tuesday.