The Inspector General of Police (IGP), David Asante-Apeatu, has said he cannot influence the ongoing investigation into the violence that marred the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on 31 January 2019 or any other ongoing investigation in the country and, so, has shrugged off calls for his resignation.
Some national security operatives fired gunshots into the crowd that had gathered at the private residence of the NDC candidate at La-Bawaleshie during the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election.
Sixteen supporters of the NDC were injured while other unarmed civilians were beaten up by the balaclava-clad security men.
The party’s Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Nartey George was also slapped in the melee.
The government has set up a three-member Commission of Inquiry to investigate the shooting incident.
The Commission began its work on Monday, 11 February 2019 but the main opposition NDC, as well as the Inter-Party Coalition for National Sovereignty, demanded the IGP’s resignation for investigations to be conducted.
Reacting to this call at a media encounter on Thursday, 14 February 2019, Mr Asante-Apeatu said: “I don’t think my resignation or my being the IGP can influence any investigations in this country…”
“Investigations cannot be influenced by me as the IGP,” he stressed.