IGP’s letter to British Commissioner was the best, she was out of line- Obiri Boahen
Deputy General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), lawyer Obiri Boahen has stated that the Inspector-General of Police Dr. George Akuffo-Dampare was right in asking the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, to mind her business.
To him, the IGP owes no one an apology by issuing the storing worded statement to the Diplomat.
He has therefore asked the IGP not to commit the error in issuing an apology to the British High Commissioner.
After the arrest of Oluver, the diplomat tweeted saying “Oliver Barker-Vormawor, convener of #FixTheCountry movement, arrested again, I understand [it’s] for a motoring offence [and he’s currently] on his way to court. I’ll be interested to see where this goes…”
But the Police in the restricted letter described her tweet as an interference.
The Police said the tweet by the Commissioner was a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which enjoins diplomatic missions not to interfere in the internal affairs of their host country.
But Harriet Thompson said “To me, it feels like a stretch. It feels like me saying I am interested in something is a long way from people saying we must take to the streets,” Harriet Thompson said.
“Commenting on something that is of great interest to a lot of people in a country is not interfering in the affairs of that country,” the High Commissioner added.
The comments came aafter Barker-Vormawor was arrested for careless and inconsiderate driving and non-observance of road markings at the East Legon tunnel in Accra.
Reacting to the issue, lawyer Obiri Boahen said the Commissioner had no business in meddling the internal security issues of Ghana.
He said a Ghanaian Diplomat in the UK dares not comment on internal issues in the UK since that Diplomat would be made to leave the UK back to Ghana.
“As a Diplomat, you don’t do that. What she did was not proper. It amounted to interference. If you are a diplomat, you should behave as such. The IGP did nothing wrong and he owes no one an apology. He dares not issue an apology to the Commissioner. If he does, some of us who believed in him and his leadership will come at him.”
He added “persons asking the IGP to apologize or criticize him are not making sense. We cannot cheapen ourselves. We need to give the IGP a break. He owes no one an apology in this country. If he dares apologize, we will deal with him,” he warned.
He slammed the Minority and opposition National Democratic Congress for politicizing the issue and attacking the IGP
He was speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.