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General News Sun, 11 Jan 2009

Kofi Boakye's fate in the balance

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kofi Boakye's dream of resuming duty at the Ghana Police Service will have to be on hold until the Police Council decides.

Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor on January 6, this year, in a letter to the chairman of the Police Council, asked that ACP Kofi Boakye be reinstated.

The letter explained that the decision was based on the advice of the Attorney-General's Department that ACP Boakye, a former Director of Operations of the Police, be reinstated since it did not have the intention of prosecuting him.

ACP Kofi Boakye was interdicted in 2006 following a recommendation by the Georgina Wood Committee which investigated the loss of 77 parcels of cocaine on aboard the MV Benjamin ship.

Sources within the Ministry of the Interior told the Daily Graphic that the Police Administration could not act on the letter because it was addressed to the chairman of the Police Council.

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The sources were even the more worried that the ex-President had to wait till the eve of his departure before making the announcement when indeed the advice from the AG's Department had been with his office for well over two months.

They, therefore, said it would be prudent for the new administration to act on the letter.

The Daily Graphic can also confirm that the issue of ACP Boakye was a subject of discussion at the security sub-committee meeting of the transition team's meeting on Thursday during which members of the sub-committee sought clarification on the issue.

When contacted, ACP Kofi Boakye said he was waiting for a letter from the Police Service to enable him to resume duty.

He said he had had the patience for two years and would wait for the Police Administration to communicate to him on the President's letter that he should be reinstated.

Source: Daily Graphic
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