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Mind Your Own Business – IGP Dampare Tells British High Commissioner



British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson and IGP Dr George Akuffo Dampare
British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson and IGP Dr George Akuffo Dampare

The British High Commissioner has been asked by the Ghana Police Service to shut up and mind her own business.

This comes after the British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson, reacted to the recent arrest of #FixTheCountry Movement convener, Oliver Barker-Vormawor.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare in a lengthy letter sighted by, the IGP noted that Ms Thompson’s act was unprofessional and seeks to undermine the credence of the Ghana Police Service.

The letter signed by the IGP follows the tweet of Ms Thompson which reads, “will be interested to see where this (the arrest) goes’.

Madam Harriet Thompson on May 17, tweeted, “Oliver Barker Vormawor, convener of #FixTheCountry Movement, arrested again, I understand for a motoring offence on his way to court. I’ll be interested to see where this goes.”

In response to this, IGP Dampare said; “tweet is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 which enjoins diplomatic missions not to interfere in the internal affairs of their host country.”

He stressed that all their engagements with the #FixTheCountry activist have been in accordance with the supreme laws of the country, thus, the Commissioner’s comment was “obviously made from either a biased or uninformed position.”

The IGP added, “ordinarily, the Ghana Police Service would not have responded, however, we have learnt from previous, painful experience that it has not been helpful to ignore such misguided, unwarranted, and biased comments intended to tarnish the reputation of the Ghana Police Service and that of our country.”

He went on to question her, “Do you not think we the Ghanaian people also deserve a peaceful country?”

After providing a comprehensive detail of police interactions and engagements with the activist, IGP Dampare asked the Diplomat to mind her own business.

“For the moment we will recommend the Ghanaian saying, that might guide you in your diplomatic engagements. The saying goes ‘Di wo fie asem’ to wit learn to keep within the limits that concerns you.”

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