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East Legon Police Commander wasn’t sidelined in Wuogon by-election – Accra Police Commander

The Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, has refuted claims that the East Legon District Police Commander, DSP George Lysander Asare, was excluded from the election task force deployed to the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election on 31 January 2019.

DCOP Sarpong told the Commission of Inquiry investigating the La-Bawaleshie violence that DSP Asare “was to be deployed as a patrol officer, that is, an officer to lead a patrol team”.

He added that: “He (DSP Asare) didn’t report at the time I was leaving for the polling stations so he might have come after me or he didn’t come”.

Asked if DSP Asare was given prior notice concerning his deployment, DCOP Sarpong replied: “I communicated to him on a mobile phone. I sent him a message”.

His account contradicts the testimony of DSP Asare who told the Commission that though La-Bawaleshie falls under his jurisdiction, he was excluded from the election task force, which, according to him, was contrary to standard procedure.

“In this case, I wasn’t made part of the task force and my pick up was even taken away from me,” he stated.

He added: “I asked Chief Superintendent Kwesi Ofori, the one in charge of Accra Regional operations as to why my name is not part of the task force group and he told me I shouldn’t worry”.