IGP Replies John Mahama on Vote Buying Claims
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mr. James Oppong Boanu has denied claims by former President John Dramani Mahama that the government is bribing police officers with between Ghs1,000 and Ghs2,000 for votes.
Mr. Mahama alleged that all Police officers have been paid one thousand cedis and two thousand cedis ahead of the special voting this week.
He indicated that these officers will pocket the money and still not vote for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The former President who was speaking to a gathering in the Tamale North constituency said “I just learnt from a group of police officers that they have paid monies into their accounts because they know that they have destroyed the morale of the Police service.
He added “Promotion in the service is based on your political colour instead of your merit and he thinks that he can buy our police officers with Ghs1,000 and Ghs2,000 just because an election is approaching. They will take that money and they will vote against you”.
However, speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Boanu denied the allegations of vote-buying made by John Dramani Mahama.
According to him, similar allowances were distributed to the Police during the COVID-19 lockdown period and unlike previously when such allowances were paid on table-top and some personnel got short-changed, the Police Administration decided to pay into their Bank Accounts.
He added that the Ghs600 paid into the accounts of the police personnel are their allowances for electoral duties for five days with the additional Ghs100 meant for sewing uniforms which arrived late hence the inability of the Service’s tailoring department to sew them.