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Bonaa welcomes IGP’s initiative to replace officers who dies on duty with their relative

Dr. Adams Bonaa, a security expert, has praised the Inspector General of Police’s (IGP) idea to replace police officers who die in the line of duty with their relative.

As part of efforts to “pacify” officers who pass away in the line of duty, the IGP stated during a lecture at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on Thursday, August 11, that their “qualified” relative will be given the chance to take their place in the Ghana Police Service.

On Friday, August 12, Dr. Bonaa welcomed the news and said that Ghana has been experiencing instances where families of police officers are forced out of their bungalows without warning after their loved cop passes away.

Hence “so I think it is a very good policy.”

On the issue of the Police service being the most corrupt institution in Ghana, the IGP, Dr Dampare further insisted that it is not the situation.

He said he finds the methodology adopted by researchers who come to the conclusion that the service is the most corrupt, problematic.

In a poll on people’s opinions and experiences regarding corruption in Ghana, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), and other partners discovered that the Ghana Police Service topped the list of bribe takers.

Dr. Dampre, the IGP, expressed dissatisfaction with the report in a letter, asking explanations for how the study came to that conclusion and, in certain cases, calling into question the validity of the study.

The IGP decided that the poll might be accurate after pointing out irregularities that, in his opinion, could have impacted the results of the study.

“It is our considered view that the research and its findings are heavily challenged and corrupted from both the academic and practice point of view”, part of the IGP’s read.

Dr Dampare reiterated his position that the Police service is not the most corrupt institution in Ghana although he admitted that there are a few bad elements in the service.

“They say we are corrupt, a problem identified has the solution. We have never said that there are not a couple of people who are doing things in a currupt way tarnishing the image of the service, we have never said that.

“We are doing all what we can to handle it but we will never accept the tag that we are the lead corrupt institution, it is unfounded because all those researches, I have challenged the methodologies. At the appropriate time we will respond to them but we will also be working at the things that people over the years are using against us and make us feel so uncomfortable when it comes to the issue of corruption.”

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