The Chief Police Inspector of the Ghana Police Service, Mr David Asante-Apeatu (IGP), has admitted he wasn’t aware of the SWAT operations during the just ended by-election at Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.
Speaking at the hearing of the Justice Emile Short Commission, the IGP admitted that he wasn’t informed about the covert operations launched by National Security at the residence of the NDC candidate during the election.
“I did not know about it,” Mr Asante-Apeatu told the Commission when asked if his office had prior knowledge about the operations of the masked men on the said day.
The National Security Service (NSS) had claimed that, they had gathered intelligence which sort to suggest the NDC candidate had arms in his house.
The National Democratic Congress parliamentary candidates’ house was ambushed by the NSS with the pretence hope of uncovering armunitions on the by-election day at the La-Bawaleshie polling station.
It was reported that the NSS team who were in masked fired at a crowd that had gathered around the NDC parliamentary candidates residence.
Following the shooting incidence and electoral violence, the government set up a four member commission led by Justice Emile Short to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shootings and subsequent chaos during the by-elections.