IGP leaked tape: Committee’s report ‘anaemic’, must be rejected – Atta Akyea

The Chairman of the ad hoc committee set up to probe a leaked tape on a plot to remove the IGP from office, Samuel Atta Akyea says the report of the committee is anaemic and lacks substance for any Parliamentary action.

The committee’s report which was not signed by the Chairman revealed that the three senior police officers, COP Alex George Mensah, Supt., George Lysander Asare and Supt. Emmanuel Eric Gyebi, misconducted themselves, a major offence under Police regulations, and must be sanctioned in accordance with the Police disciplinary procedure.

However, in debating the report on the floor of Parliament, the Chairman, Samuel Atta Akyea urged the house to reject the committee’s report over the lack of logical foundation.

“I want to submit with the greatest of respect that this report reduced parliament and the good committee of parliament to a conveyor belt that anything they drop on it should go. You do not just listen to people who come before a committee and that will bring you to a conclusion of the matter. You delve into the matters. A committee of parliament is not a conveyor belt. They’re supposed to delve into this matter. And on that showing, this report is so anaemic.”

“It lacks substance for plenary to find, with the greatest of respect any decision on it and to uphold this report. Yes. And I urge this House to reject this report because there is no foundation of evidence for this report. And we shouldn’t make a resolution based on such an anaemic report,” he stated.

The Vice Chairman of the ad hoc committee, James Agalga in response said such comments are a misrepresentation of facts by the Chairman of the committee.

“Mr Speaker, quite a number of issues have been raised, which constitutes a gross misrepresentation of the facts and of the report…in the course of the committee’s deliberations, the chairman had the opportunity to raise the arguments that he has canvassed before this house this evening that we could not elevate conspiracy to the level of our criminal jurisprudence under section 23 of the criminal and other offences act and we all agreed as a result of that intervention,” he stated.

“Mr Speaker, if you look at the report, we did not use the definition of conspiracy under section 23 of the Criminal and Other Offenses Act. We borrowed the dictionary meaning of conspiracy and dealt with the matter as such,” he stated.

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