Controversial New Patriotic Party MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has taken the Paymaster-General of the Ghana Police Service to the cleaners, urging the Inspector-General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu, to put a tab on his activities as financial controller of the Service.
“I say he is corrupt,” Ken Agyapong insisted on an OMAN FM current affairs programme last week in Accra.
Ken states that he has additional information that the Paymaster-General is a confirmed apparatchik of the opposition National Democratic Congress who is out there to dent the image of the ruling administration in the Police Service.
According to according the Assin Central MP, he has information indicating among other things that the Paymaster-General is embroiled in procurement irregularities including purchasing handcuffs at $1000 each and police boots at equally fabulous prices.
DAYBREAK has earlier reported the same findings in one of its editions in which we indicated that over six months into the first year of the New Patriotic Party administration, the position of the Paymaster-General of the Ghana Police Service appears sacrosanct, in spite of a shady deal in which he has been unable to account for cash released to the Police Service for monitoring operations, ahead of the 2016 elections.
We further indicated that though we are not privy to the actual sum that had gone to the dogs, very reliable Police Service sources indicate that the amount given to the Paymaster-General (name withheld) was “quite substantial.” Unfortunately, after the elections, preliminary audit reports revealed that there was evidence of misappropriation of the funds on the part of the Paymaster-General.
DAYBREAK continued that this senior officer is alleged to have “dribbled” the former Inspector General of Police (IGP), John Kudalor in the disbursement of the cash that was budgeted to facilitate the peaceful conduct of the last elections in terms of logistics, allowances, rations, communications etc.
Additionally, hundreds of Police Officers and men are alleged to have complained that their allowances for duties during the 2016 elections were drastically cut and retained by the Paymaster-General. He is alleged to have refused to account properly for those monies to the former IGP until the latter was honorably retired early this year.
This senior officer is believed to have since won the hearts of the Minister of Interior and the Vice President in the current administration and has therefore become untouchable.