Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, a member of the New Patriotic Party, which is currently in power, has demanded that the Inspector-General of Police, George Akuffo Dampare, resign immediately for violating diplomatic protocol when he wrote directly to the British High Commissioner, Harriet Thompson, about his reservations with her tweet on the most recent arrest of political activist Oliver Barker-Vormawor for a traffic offense. Thompson’s tweet was about the
During an interview with Kofi Oppong Asamoah that aired on the Class Morning Show on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, the former Chairman of the Ghana Football Association told Kofi Oppong Asamoah, “What he did is totally wrong.” The chairman continued by saying that “He has no right to deal directly with the head of state of another country.”
Dr. Dampare addressed a letter to the British High Commissioner in which she described her recent comment on the arrest of Mr. Barker-Vormawor, in which she said, “I’ll be curious to watch where this goes,” as “uninformed, biased, wrong, and unwarranted.”
After Mr. Barker-Vormawor was taken into custody in the middle of May of this year for the alleged violation of the traffic law, the UK envoy tweeted the following on May 17: “Oliver Barker Vormawor, the convener of #FixTheCountry Movement, arrested again, I understand, for a motoring offence on his way to court. I’m curious to see where this goes and how it develops…”
The Inspector General of Police stated in his letter that the Ghana Police Service would not have normally responded to statements such as yours because it was evident that they were made from either a biased or misinformed stance.
The statement went on to say, “However,” and proceeded by saying, “We have learnt from a prior unpleasant experience that it has not been useful to disregard such erroneous, unjustified, and biased comments aimed to destroy the name of the Ghana Police Service and that of our country.”
As a result of her post, the Ghanaian police have charged the British ambassador with meddling in the country’s internal affairs.
“What’s more, we consider the tweet you sent to be a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961, which enjoins diplomatic missions not to intervene in the internal affairs of the nation in which they are stationed,” the statement read.
Ms. Thompson, in her reaction to the IGP’s statement, stated that “it is evident from the response that it has not been received the way it was intended.”
She explained to GHOne TV in Accra that the intention behind her tweet “wasn’t at all to get a response from the IGP.”
“When I comment on social media, I comment on all sorts of things in which I’m interested, I suppose to show people a bit about me, to try to open up about what it means to be a High Commissioner in a country like Ghana; what it is, not just to be me as a High Commissioner but also, me, as a person,” she explained. “So, I’ll tweet about the places in Ghana I’ve been and found beautiful or interesting, the people I’ve met and so on
Dr. Nyaho-Tamakloe, a former military officer who is now retired, advised the IGP to “take your time” in the situation.
“If I were him, I would take my pen now and resign from the police service,” he said. “If I were him, I would resign from the police service.”
He emphasized that there was no requirement for the IGP to write a letter to the high commissioner at any time. There was absolutely no reason to do so.”
“If he was under pressure to act in that manner, then it is a very bad situation. What format should be used for a letter from an IGP to a high commissioner? Why is it the case? They have to give us a break at some point. He pointed out that at this point, we are feeling both sick and fatigued.