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13.03.2009 General News

Despite Presidential pardon Kofi Boakye in limbo…Awaits Police Council`s decision

By Charles Takyi-Boadu - Ghanaian Chronicle

The fate of the former Director of Operations of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Kofi Boakye, continuous to remain unknown long after he was granted a Presidential pardon by former President Kufuor, before the latter left office.

In spite of the directive for him to be re-instated and the huge public outcry for his return into the Service, the Police Chief is still at home, awaiting a probable decision by the yet-to-be re-constituted Police Council.

However, the Director of the Public Relations Unit of the Police Service, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Akwasi Ofori, has indicated that this has nothing to do with the Police administration, since according to him lies in the hands of the yet-to-be re-constituted Police Council.

In an interview with the paper, he told this reporter that this was because the letter for his re-instatement, which was authorized by the former President and was addressed to the Police Council which has the sole prerogative to carry out any such decisions.

Meanwhile, ACP Kofi Boakye has refused to make any comment on the issue. When The Chronicle reached him for his comments, he declined to make an input, saying he preferred to wait for a decision by the Police Council. From the foregoing, it is clear that the decision to fully re-instate Kofi Boakye will largely depend on the Police Council.

It is, however, not clear when the President is likely to name members of the Police Council which supervises the activities and operations of the Service. Credible sources at the seat of government and the Police headquarters have told the paper that ACP Kofi Boakye is likely to be brought back to clamp down on the activities and operations of criminals who appear to be having a field day in the absence of the 'crime-buster'.

This is in view of the fact that President Mills has pledged to clamp down on the activities and operations of these criminals who continue to hound Ghanaians each passing day.

Kofi Boakye is noted for his hard-line stance against criminals, especially armed robbers and Indian hemp (wee) smokers who continue to terrorize Ghanaians each passing day.

Born and bred in Ashanti New Town (Ashtown), a noted den of hardened criminals in Kumasi, Kofi Boakye is considered to be a 'ghetto boy' who knows the inside-out of the activities and operations of most of these criminals.

Since his interdiction as Director of Operations of the Police Service, there has been a sudden increase in crime wave, leading to a huge public outcry for his re-instatement into the Service to clamp down on the activities of these criminals.

Kofi Boakye was interdicted somewhere in year 2006 after a report commissioned by the Georgina Wood committee into the missing 77 parcels of cocaine on board the MV Benjamin vessel implicated him.

Barely 24hours to his exit from office, the then President Kufuor re-instated ACP Kofi Boakye with full benefits.

While on interdiction, Kofi Boakye enrolled at the Ghana Law School where he graduated in October 2008 with excellence, and was called to the Bar. He was adjudged the Overall Best Student after sweeping home five awards.

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