A public opinion poll conducted by an Accra based radio station , Adom FM has tipped Commissioner of Police, CoP Nathan Kofi Boakye, suitable candidate for the Inspector General of Police (IGP) when the David Asante -Appeatu finally bow out from the services in the next three months time.
Kofi Boakye, popular known as "Commander One" beat other more senior officers in the opinion poll with 247 votes representing 53% out of a total of 467 votes cast.
COP Ken Yeboah came second with 114 votes representing 24 %, COP George Akuffo Dampare , had 53 votes representing 11% and Maame Tiwah Addo-Danquah, the President darling girl also obtained 24votes representing 5% of total votes cast.
The Director of MTTD , CoP Christian Tetteh Yohuno and Deputy Inspector General of Police, CoP James Oppong Boanuh, 19 and 10 votes representing 4%and 2% respectively.
Below is the full results coiled from Adomfmonline tweeter handle
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Race for IGP: Who wins?
COP Nathan Kofi Boakye (53%, 247 Votes)
COP Ken Yeboah (24%, 114 Votes)
COP Dr George Akuffo Dampare (11%, 53 Votes)
COP Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah (5%, 24 Votes)
COP Christian Tetteh Yohuno (4%, 19 Votes)
COP James Oppong Boanuh, Dep. IGP (2%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 467
Kofi Boakye is one of the respected police officer in the country for his role in clamping down on armed robbers such as his contribution leading to the arrest of the most wanted criminal in the country, Ayi Ayittey popularly called Ataa Ayi in 2005.
He has also made inroads since assuming commandership of the Ashanti Regional Police Command in February, 2014. He was the Western Regional Police Commander for ten months before being transferred to Kumasi.
He is a lawyer by profession who graduated top of his class in Criminal Law and Civil, Family Law. He was promoted to COP in 2016 under President John Mahama administration.
Brief Profile of the Top 10 Police Commissioners who could be the next IGP
There are at least 10 suitors who by their title as Commissioners of Police, are by rank suitable for the job in principle. But with political and professional idiosyncrasies at play, the rank would not be enough.
Age and even political posture are part of a mix of factors beyond professionalism.
COP Maxwell Sakipasgo Atingane, Commandant staff and command college-Winneba is set to retire this year.
COP Prosper Agblor is the Director-General, Legal and Prosecution but is set to retire early 2020. With the IGP on contract beyond the statutory retirement age of 60, Prosper Agblor’s age may just be a number.
COP/ Beatrice Zakpaa Vib-Sanziri, faces the same challenge of age as a disadvantage. The Director- General of the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Bureau is also set to retire this year.
Vib-Sanziri in 2016 became the fifth female Commissioner of Police in the history of the force. She is also a member of the Police Management Board (POMAB).
COP/Dr. George Akuffo Dampare at 48years is among the youngest Commissioners of Police and, according to seniority, ranks in the top half of the table of 11 Commissioners. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance and is the Director-General in charge of Welfare.
COP/ Christian Tetteh Yohuno is the Director-General at Motor Transport Traffic Department.
He was promoted to COP in January 2016. He was Accra Region Commander from 2013 until December 5, 2015, when he was appointed Director-General of Police Operations.
Christian Tetteh Yohuno was in 2011 awarded Grand Medal for his meritorious service in combating armed robbery and other criminal activities in the country. He is in his late 50’s.
COP Kofi Boakye is the Director-General in charge of Research and Planning.
Kofi Boakye has a feared public reputation for his heroics in crime fighting while a police commander for Accra. Calls for his elevation as IGP has made the rounds in the public at anytime the position has been available.
COP Akuribah Yaagy, Director-General National Patrol
He enjoyed a promotion to Commissioner of Police in August 2017, he was reported in November 2017 to have threatened to shoot any police officer who will not be able to recite the mission and vision of the Ghana Police Service (GPS). He has been Police Commander for Eastern Region and later Western region.
COP David Ampah-Bennin, Director-General for Special Duties.
The former Central Region Police Commander was moved to his current duties in March 2018. The Reverend Minister in 2014 launched a book on the Christian understanding of death. He is also set to retire in 2019.
COP Ken Yeboah is Director-General in charge of Administration.
The former Ashanti Region Police Commander was promoted to his current rank in July 2017. He will retire in 2023. He has said while serving as DCOP and Northern Region Police Commander.
COP Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department, has attracted public attention over her quick rise to her current rank. Between 2017 to 2019 she has been promoted thrice.
She turns 50 in August and retires in 2029. She is currently the Director-General, Criminal Investigations Department and was the first female Commandant of the Ghana Police Command and Staff College (GPCSC).
She was promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police (COP) in April 2019. Mrs Addo-Danquah was promoted to DCOP on November 1, 2017, and confirmed as CID boss on January 24, 2018, becoming the first female CID boss.
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