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'Don't ask for IGP sack rather sack NPP gov't' - Minority

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The Minority in Parliament say Ghana's "extremely frightening" insecurity is down to an aloof President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has demonstrated he just doesn't care.

At a press conference Friday, the Minority spokesperson on Interior, James Agalga, said after a series of daring daylight robberies, the President is "yet to utter a word of comfort to scared Ghanaians".

Rather, the President has persisted in globetrotting and giving "speeches of doubtful importance". The President is in his seventh of a 10-day tour of Togo, USA, and Germany.

Two major daylight robberies in Accra and Tema within 48 hours have strengthened statistics that paint a grim picture of a fragile security in the country.

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robbery statistics

There has been more than 40% increase in robberies reported in January 2017 alone. Ghanaians have berated the government for doing little to ensure safety. Sections of the public and leading politicians including Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim have called for the Inspector General of Police David Asante-Apeatu to be sacked.

The IGP, David Asante-Apeatu, has in response called the shots, ringing 11 major changes within the police hierarchy.

His Director in charge of executing operations, COP George Dampare, has been yanked off to a desk where he will be in charge of research.

But the Minority has offered their temporary sympathy to the IGP over the escalation in insecurity.

To the NDC MPs, the problem is "simply bigger" than the embattled police chief.

James Agalga explained the IGP is only in charge of operational matters and suggested the problem is a matter of policy.

The Builsa North MP said, policy matters are determined by the Police Council which is chaired by the Vice-President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.

He proceeded to list what he described as the "most heavily populated security structure" under Akufo-Addo.

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Inspector General of Police David Asante-Apeatu 

The President he said has created a Minister for National Security as well as a Minister of State in charge of Security at the Presidency.

He also has a National Security advisor, a National Security Coordinator, Director of Presidential Security and traditional ones like Interior and Defence Ministers including the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI).

He explained that these positions have been little to address insecurity.

The calls to sack the IGP is, therefore "misplaced", the National Democratic Congress MP who was deputy Interior Minister under the Mahama administration said.

"...so those of you calling for the IGP to be sacked, you should be calling for the NPP as a whole to be sacked including the Vice-President," he said to cheers from his fellow MPs.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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