DAMAGE CONTROL ON POLICE COVERUP FLOPS

– Leaked A-Plus Tape

…As NPP cop sidelines Police PRO and stages own containment

…Reveals A-Plus blackmailed her while investigators assumed duties of Attorney General

A spirited attempt by a Deputy Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police to water down revelations that investigators pussyfooted around corruption allegations against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, as part of a whitewash, has rather opened a can of worms.

ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah has revealed that, as part of a tiptoe around claims by musician, A Plus, that Samuel Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso Boakye had committed theft, the police had arrogated to themselves the powers of the Attorney General and dismissed the case without advice.

The senior police woman, who has been exposed in a secret recording as politically tainted, has also revealed that in the buildup to the scandalous expose of the police cover-up, A Plus had blackmailed her!

A statement issued by ACP Mrs. Addo-Danquah, which openly attempts to micromanage the blowback, was not sanctioned by the Public Relations Department, indicating that the embattled officer vandalized the standards of conduct in the service to issue it.

The comedy of errors is completed in the body of the statement itself that she released on the expose as ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah contradicts herself, denying her own voice in one breath and admitting it in another.

While claiming the audio exposing her agreeability to the fact that corruption had been perpetrated by the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff had been doctored, the senior police officer strangely did not indicate intent to sue to clear her name.

So-called doctored voice

In the statement, released yesterday in Accra, ACP Mrs. Addo Danquah claims categorically that A Plus’ allegation in late August, that the two deputy Chiefs of Staff were “stupid thieves” had been thoroughly investigated.

She adds that she has taken time to listen to a secretly recorded private conversation between herself and A-Plus in which she is heard indicating that the case had not been thoroughly investigated and that she did not say that.

“I have listened to the purported telephone conversation between myself and A-Plus many times and it is very obvious that my conversation with him has been doctored and/or edited to achieve a deliberate, mischievous and evil purpose. Much of the content of the said tape is total fabrication and a figment of the author’s imagination,” ACP Addo-Danquah wrote.

The funny thing about her explanation of the doctoring of her voice is that, “He (A-Plus) mischievously picked aspect of my voice in a later conversation I had with him when the report was released.”

How picking one voice clip belonging to a person and conjoining it with another voice clip belonging to the same person for context is “doctoring” has left questions in the air.

Contradictions

But, what is even more interesting is her claim that she had never doubted the groundlessness of A Plus’ allegations, neither had she intimated to him that his allegations held merit.

“I wish to categorically and emphatically state that I have never intimated to A-Plus in any conversation whatsoever, that I believe that his allegation of corruption against the two senior government officials had been confirmed following our investigations.

“I was and remain fully in agreement with the conclusions reached by the investigative team, which is that the allegation of corruption leveled against the two deputy Chiefs of Staff were completely baseless and without merit and also lacked credibility. Indeed the accuser provided no evidence at all to back his allegations and the investigative panel found no wrongdoing. His statement to the Police, as well as the investigative report, evidences this and conclusions beyond doubt. The foregoing are the bare facts relating to my dealing with the accuser.”

This position of ACP Addo-Danquah totally contradicts what she is on record to have told A-Plus privately on his phone.

The woman who had been heard in the recording playing cheerleader for President Akufo-Addo had categorically claimed in that secretly recorded conversation that the thievery allegations had been confirmed.

As for the corruption aspect of it, from what you said and what we’ve gone to confirm, you wouldn’t be too far from right to say that this is what happened, but we need to manage… the people are your people. We need to find the best way to ensure that Korle Bu works the way we all want it to work.”

In denying her own voice, ACP Mrs. Addo-Danquah had claimed in the statement that the recording was dubious, because “the said telephone conversation that has been doctored or edited lasted for 56 seconds. It should be clear to discerning Ghanaians that the said mischievous recording lasted for over 5 minutes.”

Blackmail

The embattled police officer also reveals in the statement that A-Plus, who had had the deviousness to secretly record the conversation and leak it to the public had at a point blackmailed her.

“After the report was released on Monday 18th September 2017, A Plus called on me Tuesday 19th September to disagree with our findings. After that he sent me a text message and threatened to put my voice in the public domain because the team had insulted him by saying the allegation was baseless.”

Nobody knows why the senior police officer has since not caused the alleged blackmailer’s arrest.

Police turns AG

Crucially, ACP Addo-Danquah also uses her statement to reveal that, in conducting investigations into the A-Plus allegations, the police had departed from the standard police practice of seeking advice on criminal cases from the Attorney General but rather dismissed the case on their own.

“Indeed, the accuser provided no evidence at all to back his allegations and the investigative panel found no wrongdoing,” the senior at the constabulary had justified.

The revelation has since nourished suspicion that the police had deliberately acted to make A-Plus’ allegation die an unnatural death.

Strangely, in spite of the gravity of the criminal allegations by A-Plus, the two alleged deputy ‘Thieves-of-Staff’ do not seem to be interested in pressing charges.

Background

Kwame Asare Obeng, alias A-Plus, a third rate musician, who is also a member of the ruling NPP, had alleged in late August that President Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Samuel Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso-Boakye, were “stupid thieves.”

In a Facebook rant, A-Plus who is revealed to have already grabbed fuel lifting contracts to the tune of some Ghc3million, from the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST), indicated that he did not understand why President Akufo-Addo had even appointed the two who he had painted as miscreants.

“NPP delegates’ congress…. 7 months of NPP government. So far so good except appointing some very corrupt officials including the two very stupid deputy chiefs of staff. It’s amazing how Nana was able to appoint thieves whose level of stupidity is the same. Arrogant and corrupt fools,” he had posted.

The allegation had caught on like fire and quickly spiraled into serious revelations of rot on the part of both Abu Jinapor and A-Plus himself, with A-Plus’  dubious BOST contracts surfacing along with revelations that Abu Jinapor had undertaken some corrupt activities at the Ghana Shippers Council ( now Ghana Shippers Authority).

The fast spiral of the allegations eventually forced President Akufo-Addo to order police investigations. However, after A-Plus had eventually responded to police invitations and handed over his evidence, the police had apparently done next to nothing about the allegations.

Rather, the Police CID had quickly issued a statement claiming that A-Plus’ allegations were baseless.

“The allegation of corruption was found to be baseless, unsubstantiated and without credibility,” a statement signed by the Director General of CID, Bright Oduro, had claimed.

According to the statement the allegations had to do with a petition by Unibank Ghana Limited, which claimed that the management of Korle-Bu had abrogated an existing MoU with them without any reason, and that Korle-Bu had treated them unfairly.
“Their [Francis Asenso-Boakye, and Abu Jinapor’s] intervention was transparent, borne out of the protection of the public interest and consistent with their duties as chiefs of staff,” the CID’s investigations concluded.

Following that claim, A-Plus had looked foolish in the eyes of the public, with members of his own party, the ruling NPP, attacking his credibility the most. It was, therefore, in a bid to prove his word that A-Plus decided to gather hard cold evidence for Ghanaians.

Devious rascality

He set up ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, one of the investigators, by using a secret recorder on his phone to collect the evidence, Wikileaks style. It is fallouts from this deviousness that has led to the embattlement of the woman, causing her to foul-up badly in attempts to do damage control.

Tainted cop

In one yarn of the recordings, the woman is heard agreeing with A-Plus that indeed there is evidence of corruption that came up during investigations at Korle Bu even though the police had publicly claimed otherwise.

“As for the corruption aspect of it, from what you said and what we’ve gone to confirm, you wouldn’t be too far from right to say that this is what happened, but we need to manage… the people are your people. We need to find the best way to ensure that Korle Bu works the way we all want it to work.”

In another yarn, she self-confesses to be a star-struck fan of President Akufo-Addo and would do anything to help his government to succeed as she dreams like Cinderella, of meeting the President someday to commiserate with him in person.

 “… I wish I could have an audience with the President himself. Because it looks like most of the things doesn’t get to him…yes I feel sad for him… I feel he has good intentions but he’s not going to achieve it.” 

Denial

However, just like the CID had covered up the alleged corrupt deeds of Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor, ACP Maame Yaa Addo-Danquah quickly came out with the statement denying the conversations between herself and A-Plus, calling them “doctored.”

It is in the same statement that she reveals that the Police had decided to dismiss A-Plus allegation without recourse to the Attorney General. In that same statement, she had revealed that along the line, A-Plus had actually blackmailed her, even though she has since not pressed charges.

Self-styled Police PRO

Interestingly, the statement had been issued by ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah without recourse to the Public Relations Department of the Ghana Police which seriously breaches standards of practice in the service.

Governance Watch

Meanwhile a pressure group, Governance Watch, has called on the senior Police officer to ensure that the allegations of doctoring are investigated.

In a statement signed by Stephen Kwabena Attuh, Addotey Michell and Adomako Fred William, it was underscored that subterfuge and impersonation are serious criminal offences that must be punished according to law.

“While we are not vouching for the authenticity of the said tape, we are delighted to the effect that the police officer has been able to conclude that the said tape was doctored.

“We are by this release, calling on ACP Addo-Danquah, Mrs. to immediately investigate, or cause to be investigated, the audio recording in order to establish the individuals who engaged in the doctoring, and to proceed to bring such culprit(s) to book.

“It has become necessary for such a tough position to be taken by the police in order to ensure that these acts, as many as have been in the public domain (claims of doctoring), are halted for good in order to promote a safer society for all.

“We are of the firmest belief that the police officer in question is strategically placed to employ all intelligence at her disposal to ensure that her name is cleared fully to reestablish the public confidence that she had lost over the hours within which the tape had been in the public domain,” Governance Watch said.

 

 

 

Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey

The Republic News Online

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *