Political science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has strongly urged the chairman of the ad hoc committee investigating a leaked tape allegedly outlining a plot to remove Inspector General of Police (IGP) Samuel Atta Akyea, to step aside due to perceived bias.
Prof Gyampo argued that the chairman’s conduct during the IGP’s hearing indicated a clear prejudice against the IGP.
According to Prof Gyampo, the chairman’s body language, line of questioning, and recurrent remarks all suggest a predisposition against the IGP.
“You aren’t smarter than Ghanaians. We can glean your partiality. Your body language, line of questioning and recurring remarks consistently hints at personal biases against the IGP,” Prof Gyampo remarked.
He accused the chairman of appearing more like a defense attorney for the aggrieved police officers, insinuating their desire to become IGPs and potentially undermine the people’s will.
“You don’t look like a credible chairman of any important committee. Rather, you look more like a defense counsel for the bitter police officers whose quest to be made IGPs so they can subvert the will of the people has been exposed.”
He called for the chairman to voluntarily step down from his position if he truly had no hidden agenda in presiding over the panel.
Prof Gyampo emphasized that chairing the committee was not mandatory, especially if it undermined the investigation. He suggested that the Speaker appoint a replacement, emphasizing the importance of ensuring a fair and unbiased inquiry.
“It is not by force to chair this committee, especially when your work output is more of a disservice. If you don’t have any personal interest in this matter, then recuse yourself or get replaced by Speaker, as your role is more of a nuisance, and annoying, particularly when you think we are unable to read in between the lines.
“Just recuse yourself, it is not by force!” Prof Gyampo concluded in a statement.