AWW violence: I was asked to step aside, my car taken away – Police commander
The police district commander at Bawaleshie DSP George Asare has revealed he was ordered by his superiors to step aside ahead of the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry investigating the violence which characterized the local poll, DSP Asare also disclosed the district command was not part of the security operations for the election.
The police commander said on the eve of the by-election his official vehicle was taken away from him.
“I was asked to stay aside and my command car was taken away from me and asked to bring to the Accra region,” DSP Asare told the three-member Commission of Inquiry.
He added: “A day before the by-election we were all called to the regional command and when the list was given I realized my name was not part and I complained to Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori [head of Accra operations] and they said I should not worry.”
DSP Asare told the Emile Short commission it was “not standard practice.”
“I have been in the service for 23 years and this is the first time I’m seeing this,” the law enforcement boss stated.
Six people were shot at the Bawaleshie polling centre of the constituency, compelling the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to withdraw from the exercise citing safety concerns.
He said the only time he got involved in the security operation was when he was called by his superiors to head to the Bawaleshie park to handle the shooting incident.
DSP Asare informed the Commission “seven people were arrested in connection with the shooting incident.”
The commission began its public hearing on February 14. It has former Dean of the Faculty of Law of GIMPA and private legal practitioner, Mr. Ernest Kofi Abotsi as its Secretary.
Henrietta Mensah Bonsu and Patrick K. Acheampong were also appointed as members of the Commission.
The commission has been given one month to complete its work.