David Asante-Apeatu appointed IGP…as John Kudalor retires

President Akufo-Addo introducing Mr. Apeatu as the new Acting IGP

President Akufo-Addo introducing Mr. Apeatu as the new Acting IGP

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Commissioner of Police (COP), David Asante-Apeatu, as the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP).

His appointment followed the retirement of the outgone IGP, Mr. John Kudalor. Mr. Kudalor, at exactly 12:30pm yesterday, visited the President to announce his retirement.

Barely two hours later, President Akufo-Addo communicated the appointment of the new acting IGP to the media and indicated that the office of the IGP was very sensitive and should not be left vacant for any period of time.

He said the police service was primarily responsible for the internal peace and security of the country and therefore required a leader at any point in time.

Explaining why a substantive IGP could not be appointed immediately, the President said the appointment had to be validated by the Council of State and indicated that the government was still in the process of reconstituting the council.

He said Mr. Asante-Apeatu had been appointed to act in the interim pending the reconstitution of the Council of State.

The acting IGP, he said, was a senior police officer with vast experience in the police service.

He said the IGP had worked as a Director of Specialised Crime at Interpol and Director-General of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Marine Service of the Ghana Police Service.

President Akufo-Addo said the acting IGP, who holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) certificate had experienced a full range of activities in the Police Service and was fluent in English, French and Russian.

“I am very confident that he can give the Police Service the leadership required,” he said and indicated that Mr. Asante-Apeatu would work independently without any pressure.
President Akufo-Addo said the vision of his government was to build a safe and peaceful society with a police service that would work dispassionately and impartially.

He said Ghanaians wanted to feel safe and secured and therefore expected an independent and loyal police service that could protect them from wrongdoers.

He entreated the new IGP to protect citizens and punish wrongdoers, irrespective of their political and other affiliations and indicated that he would receive the full backing of government in that endeavour.

By Yaw Kyei

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